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 …


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, …


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 …



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 – …