Month: April 2014

The Importance of Songs During the War

Whether they had a message or were a simple form of entertainment, songs were a key part of life in society at this the beginning of the 20th century. The songs which would be churned out for popular consumption hailed from a long tradition, stretching back to the Revolution, taking in songwriters such as Béranger and […]

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Racing Through France

When Sylvester Howard Roper attached a small steam engine to an cranky iron-frame bicycle near Boston in 1867, one question burned in his mind; How fast will it go? Guillame Perreaux probably asked himself the same thing in Paris that same year, when he also attached a steamer to one of Pierre Michaux’s pedal-velocipedes. However, […]

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Advertising the War – Your Country Needs You!

By Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen In order to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, the EFG1914 project was launched by the European Film Gateway to digitise and bring together films and film-related materials from 21 European film archives in an online portal accessible to everybody. The partners of EFG1914 have […]

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Stories and testimonies of Italian soldiers who fought and perished in the Great War

Following the ‘Documenting the Great War‘ blogpost, Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche Italiane e per le Informazioni Bibliografiche (ICCU) – Central Institute for the Union Catalogue (ICCU) highlights some of the memories contributed by citizens at the ‘Seminario formativo e raccolta di fotografie, lettere, ricordi della Grande guerra’ community collection day held […]

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How cultural heritage inspires creative studios to create best-selling games

If you’re the happy owner of an iPhone or iPad, you might have heard about ‘Monument Valley’, one of the top 10 best-selling games in the App Store at this moment. The aim of the game is to help a faceless girl called Ida through the ‘impossible architecture’ before her. Players interact with the buildings, […]

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Mahmud and Isma'il

Dragons were hot long before Game of Thrones

Season 4 of Game of Thrones is back with Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons and her fire-breathing babies. Judging by the premiere episode of the season, we will probably be seeing a lot of these mythical, winged creatures. So let’s learn a bit more about dragons from different cultures: The two most prominent cultural depictions […]

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Documenting the Great War: behind the scenes at a ’14-’18 community collection day

On Europeana1914-1918 you can find thousands of stories and digitied photos, diaries and objects from the time of the Great War. These stories are gathered during the so-called community collection days, which are organised throughout Europe. During these days, citizens are invited to have their stories written down and objects digitised by professional archivists. This […]

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