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 …


Now, brush your teeth!

New content on Europeana includes these charming advisory illustrations which warn people to get plenty of fresh air, brush their teeth and eat healthily to help ward off tuberculosis. These postcards are from the Východočeské muzeum v Pardubicích in the …


Culture Capitals

Our intern Lauri Pouta­nen from Fin­land writes about culture capitals The vast dimensions of European culture cannot be captured with a quick glance. In fact the European Union (formerly the European Community) has since 1985 dedicated a calendar year to …


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 …