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Love across borders: the Belgian brothers who loved the same girl

We have recently begun collecting personal stories from people all across Europe relating to migration, following on from our successful Europeana 1914-1918 project. Our new short blog series, Love across borders, is inspired by collections discovered during this project, with stories of romance and love at the time of World War 1. Read on to […]

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Betsy, Angel of Prisons

Elizabeth Gurney, or Betsy as she was known, was born on 21 May 1780 to a wealthy family of bankers. Her father, John Gurney, was a partner in Gurney’s Bank, and her mother, Catherine Barclay, came from the family that founded Barclays Bank. Gurney’s eventually merged with Barclays, which is now one of the world’s […]

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Why is the Sky Blue? – John Tyndall

“The brightest flashes in the world of thought are incomplete until they have been proven to have their counterparts in the world of fact.” – John Tyndall John Tyndall. Photograph by Barraud. Courtesy of The Wellcome Library (CC BY-NC 2.0) Today we are celebrating the birth of one of the most important scientists and educators of […]

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Queen Elizabeth II: 60 Years on the Throne

This year is the diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, marking sixty years as the Constitutional Monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britian and Northern Ireland,  together with 16 Commonwealth realms. Since her coronation in 1952 she has witnessed the ongoing transformation of the British Empire into the Commonwealth of Nations, representing fifty four independent member states. Queen Elizabeth II depicted on the […]

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Douze Points! The Eurovision Song Contest

Tomorrow evening, May 26, the 57th Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the city of Baku, Azerbaijan, following Azerbaijan’s win last year. The event has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and it is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. The song contest  is also one of the oldest […]

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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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New Virtual Exhibition: Untold Stories of WW1

In the latest Europeana Virtual Exhibition we showcase some of the most extraordinary and untold real-life stories from the First World War.  We traveled around Europe and collected personal stories and items that people contributed through the Europeana 1914-1918 project in Germany, UK, Ireland , Slovenia, Luxembourg, and Denmark. Renowned historian and WW1 author Peter […]

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The romantic symbolist art of William Blake

“The Imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself” The British poet, painter and printmaker William Blake is considered by many as one of the greatest British artists ever. He was born on 28 November 1757 in London, during a period that neglected both him and his art. It was only years after […]

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