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 …


Multilinguality

As you might expect, the Europeana office is a very international environment  where you can find Dutch, English, French, German, Danish, Russian, Bulgarian, Canadian, American, Austrian, Australian, Finnish, Russian, Czech, Greek, Kyrgyzstani, Swedish and Italian workers. The majority of Europeana …


This week in history

Find out what happened on… July 11 – French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons discovered his first comet in 1801 July 11 – Japanese Kokichi Mikimoto obtained the first cultured pearl in 1893. July 12 or 13 – Roman general and statesman …


World War I nursery rhymes

If the English could only guess That they also cannot expect great happiness They will want to return to peace Scared of our power, they will breathless run, From the German gun. Written and illustrated by the Koepke siblings in …


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 …