Europeana

New Feature: Image Lightbox Display

We have made an improvement to the Europeana portal with the addition of a lightbox display for images. This new feature significantly improves the experience for users when browsing images. Thanks to this update you can now view the larger version of a thumbnail image while on the same page. This feature is only applicable to […]

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History in posters

Take a look at Memòria Digital de Catalunya’s collections of posters on Europeana. With over 2,000 posters, the collections range from sports to politics, advertisements and cultural events, giving us a unique insight into Catalonia’s history. Here, for example, you can find political posters from the Josep Vinyals collection. According to Vinyals, a private collector, […]

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New Feature: Map Search and Display

“Where are the items from your search results located?” and “How many of them are near you?” – just a couple of the questions we can now answer thanks to one of the latest enhancements to the Europeana portal. The development department at Europeana have been working hard on a new interactive search and display […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Love… Such a grand word in so few letters. This profound emotion has played an important role in shaping our cultural and scientific heritage. It has influenced everyone from the greatest conquerors to common men, from visionary artists to ingenious scientists. Discover beautiful love stories to share with your Valentine! Romeo and Juliet The story […]

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New archaeological content on Europeana

Over 800,000 records for archaeological monuments and sites are now available on Europeana. The material that ranges from rune stones and tombs to dwellings and archaeological sites is provided by the Swedish National Heritage Board through CARARE, the project that brings archaeological content to Europeana. The records on Europeana are in text format and contain […]

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Jules Verne, the master of science fiction

Today we are celebrating the 184th birthday of Jules Verne, one of the founding fathers of science fiction and the second most translated author in the world after Agatha Christie. Born in the harbour city of Nantes, France, the young Jules Verne spent a great amount of time watching the ships navigate the Loire River. […]

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Charles Dickens

Today we are celebrating Charles Dickens‘ 200th birthday. Charles Dickens, the author of some of the most iconic novels and characters in English literature, was born at Landport, Portsea, on 7 February 1812. There he spent perhaps the happiest time of his life. In 1822, the family moved to London due to financial difficulties, which […]

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Felix Mendelssohn

The composer, conductor and instrumental soloist Felix Mendelssohn is considered one of the most important figures of the Romantic period. Some of his most well-known works include the Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was played at the wedding of Princess Victoria to Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia in 1858 and is still […]

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Franz Schubert

“When I wished to sing of love, it turned to sorrow. And when I wished to sing of sorrow, it was transformed for me into love.” Franz Schubert Born on 31 January 1797 in Vienna, Franz Schubert is considered one of the greatest composers and is one of the most frequently played composers today. His […]

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

One of the most popular classical composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg on 27 January 1756. From an early age, Mozart showed great interest and extraordinary talent in music. Already at five, he started composing his first pieces, and impressed European royalty with his masterful keyboard play. His father, Leopold, a musician and […]

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Winner Update & Virtual Exhibition in Russian

Photo: Csaba Attila Kontar, winner in the Art Nouveau category of the Wiki Loves Monuments photo contest – with his prizes from Europeana . You can view the winning image in the Wiki Loves Art Nouveau virtual exhibition. Wiki Loves Art Nouveau launched in December of last year as our first crowd-sourced virtual exhibition, featuring 50 […]

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The scandalous art of Edouard Manet

“There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.” Edouard Manet One of the most influential artists of the 19th century Edouard Manet was born on 23 January 1883 to a wealthy Parisian family with strong political connections. His father was a judge, and his mother was a daughter of a diplomat and […]

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Video: Europeana 2011 Highlights

As we settle into 2012 and look ahead to the coming year, we would like you to take a moment and look back at 2011 with our short annual highlights video. 2011 was a busy year for Europeana filled with many new and exciting achievements, unfortunately it is impossible to include them all in this […]

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Charles Perrault’s fairy tales

Charles Perrault is a name that is familiar to the young and old all over the world.  Who doesn’t know his Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty? Perrault was born on 12 January 1628 to a wealthy Parisian family. After studying law, he pursued a career in government service. When the Académie des […]

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A biography of Barbara Hepworth

Today we are celebrating the 109th birthday of the leading British contemporary artist – Barbara Hepworth. Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, Hepworth attended the Leeds School of Art and studied sculpture at the Royal College of Art. After winning a West Riding Scholarship for one year’s travel abroad, she spent it in Italy where she spent […]

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Understanding Pessoa through his library

Contributed by our Prod­uct Devel­oper David Haskiya: I’ve recently discovered a collection in Europeana that quickly has become one of my favourites: the digitised library of the Portuguese author Fernando Pessoa. Checking out his library gives me that same feeling I get when I visit someone’s house or apartment and study their bookshelves in an attempt […]

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