Month: August 2016

The song legacy of Scottish-Irish Migration

Among the great many cultural connections between Ireland and Scotland, the mutual influence of each nation’s musical and singing traditions on the other is perhaps one of the most interesting. As a case in point, below are some archival examples which point to the legacy of people travelling back and forward between the two countries, […]

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We’d music sweet to shake our feet: festivals and fair-days in the Irish music tradition

This is the 2nd blog by the Irish Traditional Music Archive. Previously published is The Cat that Ate the Candle and the Ewe with the Crooked Horn.  See also ‘No bees, no honey; no work, no money’ – an introduction to Scottish work songs by Tobar an Dualchais in Schotland. Irish people are often noted for their friendliness […]

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8 moments from Olympic Games history

The 2016 Olympic Games came to a close last night in Rio de Janeiro with an energetic closing ceremony. 2016’s Games saw history being made – first gold medals for nations such as Puerto Rico, Singapore and Bahrain, new World and Olympic records set  as well as many personal achievements for the athletes. Our collections […]

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What are men to rocks and mountains?

“What are men to rocks and mountains?” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Human exploration of and travel through mountains dates back millennia. It’s only in the last few centuries, though, that exploration of mountains for exploration’s sake, or for sport and tourism, has come into existence. Ice cave on Marmolada, Austrian National Library, Public […]

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Viva Rio! Early 20th century photographs of Rio de Janeiro

In Europeana, you will find over 53 million artworks, artefacts, books, videos and sounds from across Europe. But our collections cover more continents than just Europe. So with athletes, media and spectators arriving in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games, we’ve selected some historic photographs of the city, from when it was still […]

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‘No bees, no honey; no work, no money’ – an introduction to Scottish work songs

Work songs were commonplace in Scotland for hundreds of years and, whatever the activity, there would be a song to accompany it and match the speed at which it was being undertaken.

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Look at this woman! Judith makes history

A whole book is devoted to Judith as she is the embodiment of courage, self-sacrifice, and patriotism linked to female beauty. She has always captured the imagination of artists and her story has been presented in countless variations in many works of art, music and literature. Above all, the bloody spectacle of the beheading of […]

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