Europeana

Revisiting photographic history: new perspectives on John Burke

Group portrait of Afghan men and boys. John Burke. Rijksmuseum, public domain The past few years have witnessed a renewed interest in vintage and vernacular photography and photographic archives in general. This increase in attention is clearly reflected within the arts. More and more photographers/artists blend their own creations with existing photographs or use vintage […]

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Stories and testimonies of Italian soldiers who fought and perished in the Great War

Following the ‘Documenting the Great War‘ blogpost, Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche Italiane e per le Informazioni Bibliografiche (ICCU) – Central Institute for the Union Catalogue (ICCU) highlights some of the memories contributed by citizens at the ‘Seminario formativo e raccolta di fotografie, lettere, ricordi della Grande guerra’ community collection day held […]

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Take our Survey to Win an Android Tablet

At Europeana we’re all ears and we want to hear what you think of the Europeana.eu website. Every two years we develop and publish an extensive survey in order for us to understand what you want to do and how you feel about using Europeana.eu to search, browse and share Europe’s cultural collections. The feedback […]

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New features for Europeana

We’re prolonging the season for giving and are pleased to present three new features on Europeana for you to make use of in 2014. ‘Can I use it?’ Items in Europeana come with a licence that specifies whether and how you can use them. Perhaps you want to include an image in your school work, […]

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Europeana celebrates 5 years and 30 million objects

This November, Europeana – Europe’s digital library, archive and museum – celebrates two significant milestones – its fifth birthday and the arrival of its 30 millionth cultural object, two years ahead of the 2015 target. Today Europeana brings together the online collections of 2,300 galleries, libraries, museums and archives from across Europe, through both its […]

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‘Mervyn and Ethel Turner as “Half-and-Half”, Village Hall, Dolton, November 1972’, photograph by James Ravilious © Beaford Arts, digitally scanned from a Beaford Archive negative.

What’s new in Europeana?

From curly clarinets to Latvian contemporary art; from First World War German trade union newspapers to lessons in cinema from France’s top female film-makers; from braille music scores to audio books of the Divine Comedy and Anna Karenina; and from fancy dress photos to Maltese archaeological excavations, our most recently updated collections have it all. […]

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Suspending disbelief with Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, author of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan died on 25 July 1834. Europeana contains a great collection relating to Coleridge, from a variety of sources including institutions in the UK, Germany and Poland. Coleridge was an English poet, literary critic and philosopher, a friend of poet William Wordsworth, […]

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Masters of the High Renaissance

Separated by 2,000 kilometres and nearly 250 years, but united by a common birthday (today – 16 July) and a passion for a particular style of painting, today’s blog looks at artists Andrea del Sarto and Joshua Reynolds. Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530) was a figure in the High Renaissance art movement.  He was around at […]

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New content: over 2 million items added

Last week, we updated the Europeana portal with over two million more items! Europeana gathers content from over 2,200 providers (galleries, libraries, archives, museums and audiovisual collections), via a range of aggregation initiatives and projects. Some bring together content on a regional or national level, others collect content on a particular theme (such as Jewish […]

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Schubert, almond blossom and Bloody Sunday

You might think that there can’t be anything that links Schubert to almond blossom and Bloody Sunday – the day 13 Irish demonstrators were shot dead in Derry. But there is. The thread that holds them all together is today’s date – 31 January. Another link is that you can discover more about all three […]

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Preview Playtime: The Homepage

Preview Playtime: The Homepage

It’s time for us to highlight another new update featured in the preview of the new Europeana portal – go to preview.europeana.eu to see it.  One of the biggest improvements to the new portal is the homepage. We’ve made changes so that it’s easier for you to identify Europeana’s treasures and get on with exploring […]

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Europeana on your mobile: What do you think?

Europeana on your mobile: What do you think?

It’s Feedback Friday! Now you’ve all had a few days to play with the preview of the new Europeana portal – it’s time for us to hear what you think. We’ve created a very short survey, which will  take only 3 minutes of your time. We want to know why and how you use your mobile or tablet […]

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All for one and one for all!

210 years ago this week (on July 24th 1802 to be exact), Alexandre Dumas, the writer of classic adventure novels The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers was born. Dumas was the grandson of a French nobleman and a Haitian slave, and was born into poverty. Les Mousquetaires, drame d’Alexandre Dumas et Auguste […]

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Dear Diary… Is there still a place for you?

Image by incurable_hippie, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License. Today, 6th July, marks the 70th anniversary of Anne Frank’s family going into hiding in their Secret Annex at 263 Prinsengracht, Amsterdam. 13-year-old Anne had been writing her now-famous diary for less than a month. Her work, which has sold over 31 million […]

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United Kingdom: Ed Vaizey / Fiona Hyslop

Arti­cle by Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in the UK Government, and Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs in the Scottish Government: We are delighted to choose this picture of John Logie Baird as our key Europeana image. Television – vision from afar – was one of the greatest inventions […]

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Heartfelt Account at WW1 Roadshow in Preston

The Europeana 1914-1918 WW1 family history roadshow rolls into Dublin tomorrow, following on from two successful collection days in Luxembourg and Preston. More than 200 people poured into the Museum of Lancashire in Preston on March 10th to have their loved-one’s precious items digitised for the Europeana 1914-1918 virtual archive. One of those attending at Preston […]

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