Steam Engines: From Trains to Toffee

James Watt’s (1736-1819) voice echoes every time someone mentions steam engines. Watt, however, was preceded by a bunch of inventors whose names are less often mentioned: Heron (c. 10–70 AD), Giovanni Branca (1571-1645), Denis Papin (1647-1712), Thomas Savery (1650–1715) and Thomas …


Maestà in all its beauty

The latest collection from the Kunsthistorische Institut in Florenz includes the renowned work of the Italian painter Simone di Martino – Maestà. Simone di Martino (c. 1284–1344) was the key figure in the development of early Italian painting and the International …


Madonna turns 53

No, we are not talking about the Madonna, the mother of Jesus. This is about Madonna, the great singer, actress and enterpreneur… and yes, the mother of Lourdes, Rocco, David and Mercy.               Madonna …


Napoleon Bonaparte 1769-1821

Few leaders in the world have amassed such fame as the French Napoleon Bonaparte (also Buonaparte). He was born in Corsica on 15th August 1769 – 242 years ago – to Carlo Buonaparte and Letizia Ramolino. By the time of …


Sports Records

New world records attract worldwide attention year after year. Although they are mostly about individual performances, they bolster our collective idea about the human race and its capabilities. This kind of thinking is something very integral of our true nature; …


Content from the Irish Traditional Music Archive

New content on Europeana includes these items from the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) provided through the Irish Manuscripts Commission. The ITMA is a ‘national reference archive and resource centre for the traditional song, instrumental music and dance of Ireland’ The archive holds …