Month: August 2018

Travelling texts: information networks of the past

The invention of printing in the middle of the 15th century gave rise to the cross-cultural flow of texts throughout Europe. But complex webs of connections also developed later. The 18th-century Italian printer and publisher Remondini and its pedlars is a brilliant example. Remondini world map – Mappe Monde ou description du globe terrestre : […]

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How primary sources transcend time and transform our connection with history

If you want to know what was it like to live in the Florence of 1400, to discover how the monks of Novacella Monastery begun to produce wine or to trace the development of a public institution, you’ve got to go back to their documents. Texts like chronicles, memories and biographies as well as statutes, […]

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Migration stories of community – culture that is shared, not diminished

Community is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as: ‘a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common’. But what happens when you don’t have anything in common with those you live with? Does your identity change in line with the community – or do you change the community? […]

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A Variety of Newspaper Formats

News is news, whether it appears in tabloids, broadsheets, newsbooks or the popular Berliner format. The reader is supposed to focus on the content and not the format. Nonetheless, each format was created with a specific intention and they have all influenced the newspapers we recognize today. Many historians agree that the world’s first newspaper […]

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A Europeana Migration Collection Day – how does it work?

Our collection day events are a great opportunity to share your migration story. Sharing your story, or the story of your family or community, means it is recorded for posterity and preserved along with the collections of museums, galleries, libraries and archives from across Europe. This helps us to tell a really big story – the […]

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Silly season or cucumber time – 3 fun cultural activities for the summer

This period of the summer, when not much is happening in the political sphere, is called the silly season in English. Due to a lack of newsworthy events to report on, the media focus on trivial and frivolous matters and hoax stories, as explained in the Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable from 1898: The […]

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Book Censorship and Banned Books: the Index Librorum Prohibitorum

Did you know that the earliest known list of recommended and banned books dates from about 496? It was issued by Pope Gelasius I. Printed lists of banned books existed since the beginning of the escalating religious conflicts of the 1520s. They were published in the Dutch Catholic regions (1529), in Venice (1543), and in […]

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The Belgian Exodus of World War One

Today, the global refugee crisis is a hot topic, all over the news and debated about in society. What is to be changed about the current situation? Who is supposed to do what and when? It may be considered a problem right now, but in fact, Europe faced the same problem with the advent of […]

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Breastfeeding heritage for World Breastfeeding Week

As long as there have been babies, which is quite a long time, there’s been breastfeeding. This week is World Breastfeeding Week – coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action. In this blog, I look at imagery depicting breastfeeding in Europeana Collections. Portraits of breastfeeding Nowadays, reports of photos of women breastfeeding their babies […]

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Dracula was from Yorkshire – and other facts for Yorkshire Day

1. Yorkshire is the biggest county in England An annotated version of Map of England & Wales showing population, 1700s. Wellcome Collection, CC BY Except that strictly speaking, Yorkshire isn’t a county anymore. In terms of administration, most of Yorkshire is part of the official ‘Yorkshire and the Humber’ region, but the very north of the […]

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