Month: July 2012

Celebrating Emily Brontë

Emily Brontë, author of classic novel Wuthering Heights was born on this day in 1818. Portrait of Emily Brontë by her brother, Branwell. Public Domain image. Emily was the third eldest of the four surviving Brontë siblings. Sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne were all writers. Their first volume of poems was published under the pseudonyms Currer […]

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New Virtual Exhibition: European Sport Heritage

In the latest Europeana Virtual Exhibition we showcase some of the greatest sporting events of Europe, such as the Olympics, Paralympics and the UEFA Champions Cup, as well as lesser-known ancient sports like the extraordinary Gladiator and Naumachia Games and the traditional Scottish Highland Games. The virtual exhibition is available in English, French, German and Spanish.   […]

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All for one and one for all!

210 years ago this week (on July 24th 1802 to be exact), Alexandre Dumas, the writer of classic adventure novels The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers was born. Dumas was the grandson of a French nobleman and a Haitian slave, and was born into poverty. Les Mousquetaires, drame d’Alexandre Dumas et Auguste […]

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Read Like Royalty: Precious Manuscript Exhibition

Originally the prized possessions of royalty, 34 of the most significant illuminated manuscripts from the libraries of Carolingian Emperors, French King Charles V and the Aragonese Kings of Naples are now available in stunning detail online. This new virtual exhibition is called Manuscripts and Princes in Medieval and Renaissance Europe. ‘Anthology of travel literature and […]

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Slovakia: Marek Maďarič

Article by Marek Maďarič, Minister of Culture: The Celtic tetradrachm coins minted in the territory of Slovakia were the first Central European coins. They followed from the Greek patterns and resembled the silver and gold coinage of the Macedonian rulers Philip II and his son Alexander the Great. The motifs of a rider, a horse, or a man´s head on […]

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Beatles Day: The Fab Four on Europeana

10th July is Beatles Day, a celebration of the Beatles‘ triumphant return to Liverpool from their 1964 US tour, just in time for the premiere of their film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ at the Odeon Cinema. This day is considered one of the landmarks in their long and winding road to fame. Since 2008, its […]

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Estonia: Rein Lang

Article by Rein Lang, Minister of Culture: This ethnographic drawing from the Estonian National Museum’s collection depicts a Khanty girl wearing traditional dress. Silvia Anslang’s watercolour sketch carefully highlights the colour combinations, decorative ornaments, and material nuances of the Khanty national costume that vary in different regions, signifying people’s ethnic identity. In addition to enchanting visual […]

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Dear Diary… Is there still a place for you?

Image by incurable_hippie, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License. Today, 6th July, marks the 70th anniversary of Anne Frank’s family going into hiding in their Secret Annex at 263 Prinsengracht, Amsterdam. 13-year-old Anne had been writing her now-famous diary for less than a month. Her work, which has sold over 31 million […]

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