2013: Top 20 Searches on Europeana

written by Neil on December 10, 2013 in Behind the scenes with 3 comments

So this year is almost over and now we’re ready to ask – what were you all looking for on Europeana this year?

Millions of you from the four the corners of the globe visited Europeana.eu in 2013 to search, browse and share over 30 million historical records from over 2,300 of Europe’s memory institutions… but what were the trends of 2013 and what were you all looking for?

There were over 2 million unique searches performed on Europeana.eu in 2013 and we’ve compiled a list of the 20 most popular search queries.

1. Plastic Surgery
Who would have thought? Nose jobs in the 1930s! After we shared a few images from an extensive collection of photographs documenting plastic surgery from the Wellcome Library, you were eager to search for more. 

2. Levski
Vasil Levski was a Bulgarian revolutionary and a national hero of Bulgaria. Dubbed the Apostle of Freedom, Levski ideologised and strategised a revolutionary movement to liberate Bulgaria from Ottoman rule. Either that or you were all searching for PFC Levski Sofia, one of Bulgaria’s biggest and most successful football teams.

3. Woodcuts
Woodcutting is a relief printing artistic technique in printmaking in which an image is carved into the surface of a block of wood, with the printing parts remaining level with the surface while the non-printing parts are removed, typically with gouges. You all loved them in 2013, therefore it’s a good job that we have over 5,000 examples in Europeana of some of the finest woodcuts.

4. Japan
Your curiosity and interest in Japan and Japanese culture was strong in 2013, many of you delved into over 30,000 historical items related to the Asian country.

5. Victor Hugo
Earlier this year  we shared a snippet from Victor Hugo’s original hand-written manuscript of Les Misérables to celebrate the European release of the Hollywood adaptation. The image was taken from the French National Library’s collection. We published the manuscript on Facebook where it was re-shared by Victor Hugo himself (from the dead) to his 500,000 followers, who searched for more on Europeana.

6. Fotos Valencia
7. Aarhus
8. Druck
9. Paris
10. 3D
11. Picasso
12. Spain
13. Monographie imprimée
14. Marco Polo
15. Madonna
16. Mona Lisa
17. Volkswagen VW
18. Petersburg
19. Joachim Camerarius
20. Mozart

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has visited Europeana this year and we wish you happy searching in 2014 – we look forward to seeing who and what makes our top 20 list next year.