Bastille Day

Happy National Day to France! Bastille Day or Fête Nationale, commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération,  held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison on July14th 1789, which marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The original …




Historical banknotes – indicators of change

Our intern Lauri Pouta­nen from Fin­land writes about historical banknotes How much thought do you give to the money in your wallet, and in particular, the banknotes?  Banknotes can offer interesting insights to history.  They indicate changes in power structure …




Wimbledon finals weekend

Our intern Lauri Poutanen from Finland writes about the Wimbledon tennis tournament. The Wimbledon Tennis Championships are under way again for the 125th time. Since the first tournament in 1877, Wimbledon has become a place of pilgrimage to tennis fans …




Midsummer Celebrations on Europeana

Our intern Lauri Poutanen from Finland writes about the Midsummer celebrations in Europe Midsummer (Swedish: Midsommar, Estonian: Jaanipäev, Finnish: Juhannus, Bulgarian: Enyovden, French: Fête de la Saint-Jean) started out as a pagan celebration related to summer solstice and fertility, but was …




May the fourth be with you

May 4 is the day the Star Wars fans celebrate the legendary films and the culture that surrounds the franchise. Star Wars was first released on May 25th, 1977, however May 4 is considered to be Star Wars Day, because …




Searching for Shakespeare

This day in 1564, the English poet and playwright William Shakespeare was baptised.  He is widely regarded as one of the the greatest writers/dramatists in the English language.  His surviving works consist of about 38  plays, 154 sonnets and several other poems.  Shakespeare’s  plays …