What’s new in Europeana?

written by Beth on August 19, 2013 in Content and News with 2 comments

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.

You can browse all new content on our New Content page. But here’s a quick taster…

Contemporary Art

The Digitising Contemporary Art project gives us new collections from a dozen museums and galleries, including the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, the National Gallery of Iceland, and a re-usable collection from the Frissiras Museum in Greece.

'Invisible', Frissiras Museum, Digitising Contemporary Art, CC-BY-NC-SA

‘Invisible’, Frissiras Museum, Digitising Contemporary Art, CC-BY-NC-SA

 

Archaeology

The CARARE project is bringing items related to Europe’s unique archaeological monuments and historic sites into Europeana. In this release, we have a great collection from Malta including 3,000-year-old pottery, as well as photos of excavations, buildings and ports, great mosaics and an exploration of the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, a Maltese prehistoric underground structure.

'Narrow-necked jar', Heritage Malta, CARARE, CC BY-NC-ND

‘Narrow-necked jar’, Heritage Malta, CARARE, CC BY-NC-ND

Also from CARARE are updated achaeological collections from Germany, Iceland, Slovakia, Greece, Netherlands, Estonia, and Slovenia.

'Hiiu babtistide kalmistu', Estonia National Heritage Board, CARARE, CC0

Photograph of an Estonian monument, ‘Hiiu babtistide kalmistu’, Estonia National Heritage Board, CARARE, CC0

 

Photographs of life in 1970s England

From Beaford Arts Centre – England’s longest-established rural arts organisation – and CultureGrid, we have 1,650 portraits of life in 1970s/80s England, including this fantastic image of a husband and wife in fancy dress for an event at their local village hall.

‘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.

‘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.

 

Performing Arts

The e-Library for Performing Arts (ECLAP) contributes, amongst other things updates to Braille music scores, lessons in cinema from top French female film-makers (from the International Women’s Film Festival), a demonstration of the foxtrot, and audio books of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and Dante’s Divine Comedy in Italian.

‘Demonstration of the foxtrot’, Sound & Vision (Beeld en Geluid), The Netherlands, eCLAP, CC-BY-SA
 

The European Library

From The European Library, we have new or updated collections from 40+ organisations, including First World War maps from the National Library of Rome collected by Europeana 1914-1918 Collections, official Canadian war photographs from the British Library and beautiful manuscripts from e-codices – Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland and the University of Fribourg.

'Frauenfeld, Kantonsbibliothek Thurgau, Y 19 : Story Bible: Old Testament', e-codices - Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland, University of Fribourg and The European Library, CC BY-NC

‘Frauenfeld, Kantonsbibliothek Thurgau, Y 19 : Story Bible: Old Testament’, e-codices – Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland, University of Fribourg and The European Library, CC BY-NC

 

Social history

The Heritage of People’s Europe (HOPE) project gives us new trade union newspapers from First World War Germany, photographs of demonstrations and political events in Italy, copies of articles from the independent news website Indymedia.be which ran from 2000 to 2010, videos of Russian television programmes which were recorded in order to track the official media of the Soviet Union, and a selection of early 20th century satirical cartoons from the Persmuseum in the Netherlands.

'Oppasser: hierop, mijne heeren, werd de misdadiger gelegd zoodat de spijkers in het lichaam drongen. Anti: O, ellendige revolutiegeest, och de grondslagen van de Chr. strafwerktuigen [...] voorgoed.', Persmuseum, HOPE, Public Domain

‘Oppasser: hierop, mijne heeren, werd de misdadiger gelegd zoodat de spijkers in het lichaam drongen. Anti: O, ellendige revolutiegeest, och de grondslagen van de Chr. strafwerktuigen […] voorgoed.’, Persmuseum, HOPE, Public Domain

Music

Musical Instrument Museums Online (MIMO) gives us 7,000 new instrument-related items, taking their collection on Europeana to over 43,000 objects!

'Bassklarinette', Musical Instrument Museums Online, Museum für Musikinstrumente der Universität Leipzig, CC-BY-NC-SA

‘Bassklarinette’, Musical Instrument Museums Online, Museum für Musikinstrumente der Universität Leipzig, CC-BY-NC-SA

 

Elsewhere, we have the wonderfully named ‘Crank ideas about Ukrainian national affairs‘ from the Linked Heritage project, along with medical instruments from the Museum of the History of medicine at Sapienza University Rome and a collection of religious texts from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev. Other film and television now available on Europeana includes new items from the European Film Gateway.