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10 things to love about Europeana

This week Europeana celebrates its tenth birthday. Since 2008, we’ve been publishing, sharing and celebrating amazing cultural heritage online. To mark the occasion, we’re highlighting ten things we think make Europeana special (it wasn’t easy – even if we say so ourselves!).

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Detail of a miniature a mermaid with a mirror and comb, from the lower margin of the folio.

Mixed-up mermaids

The Deutsches Historiches Museum #DHMMeer in Berlin is running a Europe and the sea blog parade from 20-25 July 2018, asking people to share posts on the theme ‘What does the sea mean to me?’ To me, one of the things it means is mermaids. So I revisited a post I wrote a while ago on […]

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#ColorOurCollections and Europeana EYCH Colouring Book

Find your crayons. Sharpen your coloured pencils. Arrange your felt pens. #ColorOurCollections is back! #ColorOurCollections is a week-long colouring fest on social media organized by libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world. Using materials from their collections, these institutions are sharing free colouring content with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections and inviting their followers to […]

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Winners of GIF IT UP 2017

Dear GIF-makers and GIF-lovers! Time to reveal the winners of GIF IT UP 2017! Huge thank you to all the participants! It was a very tight competition and we were blown away by the amount of imaginative and amusing creations that were submitted  –  you can browse through all the GIFs at bit.ly/GIFITUP2017 and GIPHY. Thanks again to […]

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Winners of Picture This! Competition

In the beginning of July, we have invited you to show us how the places featured on the vintage postcards from our Picture This! exhibition look nowadays. You flooded us with amazing photos throughout the summer! We have received over 400 entries – huge thanks to all the participants who sent us their best photographs of beautiful […]

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The Mauritshuis arrives in Europeana

Today we welcome the wonderful collections of the Mauritshuis into Europeana, published in high-resolution and released freely into the public domain for the first time. Portrait of a Woman from Southern Germany, 1520-25. Formerly attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger. Mauritshuis. Public Domain The Mauritshuis is famous for its unique collection of paintings by Dutch and […]

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How to make an animated GIF – resources and ideas for your #GIFitUP entry

#GIFitUP is about creating #GIFs from public domain and openly licensed material available in digital libraries around the world. It is a great opportunity to discover some new interesting content, remix and reuse it. It is also a chance to challenge one’s creative skills. Everyone is welcome to take part, especially first-time GIF makers! We […]

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GIF IT UP 2016

After successful runs in 2014 and 2015, GIF IT UP returns for its third year, and Europeana joins in again with our best open collections – see below! GIF IT UP is a challenge looking for the best GIFs created from public domain and openly licensed material available in digital libraries around the world. The competition organised by DPLA aims to encourage all GIF-makers and cultural […]

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Art Stories FACES – a new educational game for children

A couple of months ago Europeana organized the Europeana Labs Challenge February 2016 to try to increase innovative re-use of the digital cultural heritage material available on our website. Today we’d like to present to you one of the winners of this challenge – the Italian start-up agency Art Stories and their winning product: Art […]

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Introducing Europeana 280

What is Europeana 280? On 21 April, Europeana will launch Europeana 280, a cross-border campaign to get people excited about Europe’s shared art heritage by celebrating the diverse and magnificent artworks that are a part of it. We invited all 28 EU Member States to nominate 10 pieces of art held in their country that […]

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#ColorOurCollections: Europeana’s Colouring Book for Grown-ups

Nowadays, it’s not just children that enjoy the gentle art of colouring. Colouring books aimed at adults are bestsellers – advertised as a form of therapy designed to alleviate the stress of modern life. You can colour in glorious gardens, enchanted forests, dream cities and now… Europeana’s collections! We’ve created a Colouring Book for Grown-ups […]

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Europeana Collections brings you closer to culture

If this isn’t your first visit to Europeana, you’ll notice that things look a little different around here. We’ve made some changes to the site so you can get up, close and personal with the vast and amazing digitized collections of Europe’s cultural heritage institutions. For starters, there’s a fresh, new design to make it […]

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New online exhibition: The Men on the Memorial

During the First World War men and boys from more than 16,000 parishes in England and Wales joinedt the Army. Of all these villages there were only 53 so called “Thankful Villages” – places to which everyone returned alive. The village of Skelsmergh (Cumbria, England, UK) was sadly not one: 25 men with links links to […]

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10 terrifying costume ideas for Halloween

(Well… sort of terrifying.) If you’re planning to mark All Hallows Eve, or Halloween as it’s now known, by dressing up, why not leave the witch’s hat and bed sheets in the costume cupboard and use some of Europeana’s spookier collection items to inspire you instead? A boy appearing to two girls as a ghost, Wellcome Library, […]

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Have a piece of cake!

Together with Europeana Food and Drink we are happy to present our newest, and probably tastiest, virtual exhibition: Cake? Cake! We’ll take you on a journey through the history of cake in Europe and explore the different stories and customs connected to it. Curated by Centre for Agrarian History and Royal Museums of Art and History, the exhibition […]

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Download our new iTunes U course and Multi-Touch Book on the First World War!

Whether you’re a school student or a WW1 enthusiast, you can now discover the different causes leading to the First World War with our new iTunes U course and Multi-Touch Book. The book and related course, available on iTunes in both Dutch and English, use fascinating historical materials to bring the months and years before […]

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