Industrial Heritage

underground tunnel with green lighting

Going underground: the rise of Europe’s metro railways

Underground mass transit eased the pressures of rapid population growth, urban expansion and traffic congestion in major European cities during the first half of the 19th century.

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Europe at Work: explore industrial heritage and share your story of working life

The working world we inhabit today is rich and varied, and tells the story of technological and societal changes over time. Starting today, Europeana’s new season, ‘Europe at Work’, brings stories of our personal working lives together with archive material on industrial and labour-related heritage.

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Traditional beer brewing: hop’s horticultural heritage

With today’s craft beer movement, the origins of beer culture come more and more to the fore.

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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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Volkswagen Beetle: birth of an industrial icon

On May 28 1937, the German Labour Front founded Volkswagen, which is now the biggest German automaker and the second largest automaker in the world. Volkswagen is probably best known for its iconic Beetle, officially called the Volkswagen Type 1. The car is certainly part of Europe’s design and engineering heritage, therefore you’ll find many […]

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Still from 'Porsche Museum' video, Linked Heritage and architekturclips_network, CCO

Ferdinand Porsche – car engineer of the century

Ferdinand Porsche, the Austrian-German engineer behind the car that bears his name, was born on 3 September 1875. A hard worker even at a young age, he attended technical college at night after helping his father in his mechanical shop during the day. Aged 18, he landed a job with an electrical company and sneaked […]

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