history

Are these the greatest inventions since sliced bread?

This week is International Week of Science and Peace and so we’ve prepared two blogs for you – today’s is about ‘science’ and tomorrow’s is about ‘peace’. ‘Science’ is a broad term that covers many things, including the development of new ideas, tools and equipments – inventions. So we’ve searched Europeana for some of the […]

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Boy Scouts of Romania on the Eastern Front

At the Europeana 1914-1918 family history roadshow in Bucharest, Romania, we met one family historian, Alin Dimancescu, who has been building up an online archive of his family’s story. We are delighted to say that he decided to share some of that story with Europeana. This image shows a red cross banderol imprinted with stamps from […]

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Gavrilo Princip: on Himself

  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 […]

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Sophie’s family story of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Guest blog from Sophie Naumann, an intern at the German National Library.  Scroll down to read the blog in German. I was born close to the city of Zwickau in a small village in Saxony where my father was the local priest. Although the Berlin Wall came down just three years before I was born, […]

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Painting the Eiffel Tower

Everywhere needs a bit of a spruce up now and then. At home, that means getting the vacuum out or going outside with a tin of paint and a ladder. Imagine the task though, if the building you’re trying to give a face-lift is the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The pictures below are all public […]

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Everyone loves a good wedding

Whether it’s the dresses, the drinking, the dancing, or ok, the heartwarming declarations of love, there aren’t many people who don’t enjoy a good wedding. If you would like to brighten up your autumn day with a bit of wedding inspiration or nuptial nostalgia, we have two things you might like… First of all, the […]

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Tolstoy – novelist and anarchist

‘We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.’ Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace. Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, also known as Leo Tolstoy, was born on 9 September 1828 to a family of old Russian nobility. Tolstoy married Sophia Andreevna Behrs, known as ‘Sonya’ in 1862 and […]

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Introducing the valiha

Guest blog by Tom Miles, Europeana Creative Project Manager at the British Library. Speaking as someone with an interest in all types of music and musical instruments from around the world, the wealth of information that is on Europeana still continues to amaze me. There is a huge potential for all this shared information to […]

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