Month: August 2013

The Baltic Way: A Chain for Freedom

Today, we mark the anniversary of the Baltic Way! Exactly 24 years ago today, two million people joined their hands to form a human chain spanning over 600 kilometers across Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. Europeana 1989 is recreating the chain online and some of the pictures that have already been shared are in the gallery […]

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‘Mervyn and Ethel Turner as “Half-and-Half”, Village Hall, Dolton, November 1972’, photograph by James Ravilious © Beaford Arts, digitally scanned from a Beaford Archive negative.

What’s new in Europeana?

From curly clarinets to Latvian contemporary art; from First World War German trade union newspapers to lessons in cinema from France’s top female film-makers; from braille music scores to audio books of the Divine Comedy and Anna Karenina; and from fancy dress photos to Maltese archaeological excavations, our most recently updated collections have it all. […]

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A Pioneer of Cinematic War Reporting: Dyordye Dyoka Bogdanović

When the Second Balkan War broke out 100 years ago in 1913, an ambitious entrepreneur from Serbia made a remarkable decision: Dyordye Dyoka Bogdanović sent two camera operators out to the theatres of war. Driven by strong patriotism, he first and foremost wanted to honour the Serbian armed forces by capturing their fighting using moving […]

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‘Selfies’ from the Past

We’re probably all guilty of taking a ‘selfie’ now and then – just a quick picture of yourself to show where you are or what you are doing that you upload to Facebook or Instagram. If you wanted to, you could also use your face as a perfect model for a new drawing or painting. […]

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A little bit about Brecht

‘It’s all very Brechtian’ – a phrase I’ve heard many times referring to some theatrical production or other. I take it to mean that there’s minimal set, the actors are all very serious, they wear black and they spend most of their time with their backs to the audience. So, to me, Brecht looks like […]

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Introducing the valiha

Guest blog by Tom Miles, Europeana Creative Project Manager at the British Library. Speaking as someone with an interest in all types of music and musical instruments from around the world, the wealth of information that is on Europeana still continues to amaze me. There is a huge potential for all this shared information to […]

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The day holding hands changed the world

On 23 August 1989, two million people held hands to form a human chain over 600 km long linking three capital cities – Vilnius in Lithuania, Riga in Latvia and Tallinn in Estonia. This peaceful political demonstration became known as ‘The Baltic Way’. Now, the Europeana 1989 project is asking people to join together again […]

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