history

Pizza: a slice of migration history

Pizza – possibly one of the most popular, tasty and simple things you can have for dinner tonight. But behind its simplicity lies a much more complex history – this is the tale of the Margherita’s migration.

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Tamo daleko (There, far away) – a Serbian prisoner of war during World War One

Guest blog written by Fabian & Tatjana Vendrig (Dutch and Serbian language versions below) “The bread you sent, every Serb took it, they crossed themselves and kissed it and then we all started to cry happy tears”. This is an excerpt of a letter which Djordje Vukosavljevic, who was mentioned earlier in a blog, sent […]

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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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Истраживање судбине српских војника из Првог светског рата који су преминули у Холандији

Аутори: Фабиан и Татјана Вендриг На углу холандског реформисаног гробља у Гардерену, тик уз шумовит предео Велуве регије у Холандији, стоји споменик у знак сећања на Србе који су преминули од шпанске грознице 1919. године непосредно после Првог светског рата. На споменику је исписано 29 имена војника који су умрли у Гардерену, 21 име војника […]

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Onderzoek naar het lot van de Servische WOI soldaten die in Nederland overleden

Gastblog geschreven door Tanja & Fabian Vendrig In een hoek op de gereformeerde begraafplaats te Garderen, op de rand van de bosrijke Veluwe in midden Nederland, staat een monument ter nagedachtenis aan Serviërs die in 1919 overleden aan de Spaanse Griep na de Eerste Wereldoorlog. Het monument bevat de 29 namen van Servische soldaten die […]

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Researching the fate of the Serbian WWI soldiers who died in the Netherlands

Guest blog by Fabian & Tatjana Vendrig (also available in Dutch and Serbian language version) In a corner of the Dutch Reformed cemetery in Garderen, on the edge of the forested area of the Veluwe region in the Netherlands, stands a monument to the memory of Serbs who died of the Spanish flu in 1919, […]

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crowdheritage, strike a match for education

Three projects #MadewithEuropeana go crowdfunding. Help them grow!

In collaboration with crowdfunding platform Goteo, we recently launched a match funding call that offers 10,000 EUR to support projects using digital cultural content in secondary education. Three innovative projects were selected and started their crowdfunding campaigns on Goteo.org. Their first round will run until 5 June. If the projects meet their minimum financial goal […]

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Happy birthday to the world’s oldest national public museum!

255 years ago today, the British Museum opened its doors. It was the first ever national public museum. As a public museum, it was free to all and aimed to attract ‘all studious and curious persons’. Today, it’s stronger than ever, having just announced record visitor figures! Studious and curious persons study specimens at the […]

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From the Europeana Collections 1914-1918 reception

The memory of the First World War, its events and consequences, its victims and victors, remains very much alive today. It has become part of the individual and collective memory of Europe and of countries across the world – the stories of soldiers and their families continue to be told and published from generation to […]

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From St Nicholas to Santa Claus

He’s a man of many names – Saint Nicholas, Nikolaos of Myra, Nikolaos the Wonderworker, Nikolaos of Bari, Sinterklaas and of course, Santa Claus. As well as becoming the figure we associate with Christmas gift-giving, St Nicholas is also the patron saint of sailors (being known as ‘Lord of the Sea’ in Greece), merchants, archers, […]

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Double double, toil and trouble: witches and witchcraft

We’ve had Hallowe’en and now the nights are growing ever longer, it’s the perfect time for a spot of witchcraft, some would say. The images from Europeana below show both fictional witches, like the three that Macbeth meets on the heath in Shakespeare’s drama, and ‘real’ witches like Mother Shipton, a woman branded as a […]

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German war cemetery wins Wiki Loves photo contest

We are pleased to announce that this photo of the Cemetery of German soldiers in Tişiţa (a township in the city of Mărăşeşti, Vrancea County, Moldavia, Romania) is the winner of the Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 First World War category. ‘Cimitirul ostașilor germani’, Elena Loredana, CC BY-SA Wiki Loves Monuments is a worldwide volunteer-driven photography […]

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Who am I and why am I here?

November 21 is World Philosophy Day* so we’re taking a quick look at what philosophy is all about and introducing you to some of the great philosophers. Getting to grips with exactly what ‘philosophy’ means is about as tricky as some of the questions the discipline itself tries to answer. Philosophy, literally meaning ‘the love […]

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Freedom Monument celebrates Latvia’s independence

Guest blog by the National  Library of Latvia to celebrate Latvia’s Independence  Day on 18 November. People have always honoured their heroes – those who have wrought majestic accomplishments and been involved in great historical events – by building monuments to them. Monumental stones and words of gravitas ensure that powerful thoughts and uplifting accomplishments […]

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Four lives devoted to promoting peace

It’s the International Week of Science and Peace. Yesterday, we posted a blog about some of humankind’s top inventions to cover the ‘Science’ element. So today, we’re looking at ‘Peace’. It is thought that of 3,400 years of written history, there have only been 250 years in which no country has been documented as being […]

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