8 things you should know about Chinese New Year

Eight facts to help you better understand the large annual festival of Chinese New Year, illustrated with cultural heritage objects from across Europe, reflecting the movement of Chinese people and culture acorss the world.

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Eero Järnefelt, painter of Finnish nature

Finnish painter Eero Järnefelt was inspired by nature. Over his artistic career of more than 60 years, many of paintings depict details of nature and weather in particular in Finland.

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Laments and longing: folk music and emigration

Migration and music are intrinsically linked, mirroring the movement of people from place to place and country to country. This blog looks at how folk music has reflected migration, introducing examples from Ireland, Greece and Portugal.

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Transform audiovisual cultural heritage and enter the 2020 Mashup Film Festival

Combine and transform audiovisual cultural heritage material available online to create new mashup films for The Mashup Film Festival.

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True crime: policing and punishment in Belle Époque France

From crimes of passion and criminal gangs, explore these true crime stories about trials and criminals in early 20th century France

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Take a city trip to Galway and Rijeka, European Capitals of Culture 2020

Galway, in Ireland, and Rijeka, in Croatia, are the European Capitals of Culture for 2020. Let’s take a tour of both cities illustrated with digitised cultural heritage collections from around Europe and discover some interesting connections.

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Louis Braille and the braille alphabet

Developed in the 19th century by Louis Braille, braille is a writing system used by people with visual impairments. This blog explores a number of objects relating to braille found in museums, libraries and archives’ collections across Europe.

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A Christmas swim: the Copa Nadal race in Barcelona

The Copa Nadal (Christmas Cup) is a Christmas Day swimming competition in which swimmers race 200 metres in the Old Port of Barcelona.

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Remembering the Romanian Revolution

The Romanian Revolution, in December 1989, violently brought an end of 42 years of Communist rule in Romania. In this blog, Cristina Roiu of The Romanian Academy Library remembers the Romanian revolution through experiences and memories shared at a number of Europeana collection days held in Romania.

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Colouring Europe at Work: download our industrial heritage colouring book

Download our Europe at Work industrial heritage colour book to discover paintings, illustrations and posters depicting different industries and giving a glimpse of the working lives in the times since the Industrial Revolution.

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Engineering photography: Eduards Kraucs and the construction of the Ķegums hydroelectric power plant in Latvia

The construction of the Ķegums Hydropower Plant was one of the greatest achievements of the Latvian state during the interwar period. This blog introduces the photography of Eduards Kraucs whose collection of photographs documenting the construction reflects a unique industrial heritage and Latvian engineering achievements.

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Dokumentārā mantojuma vērtība – Eduarda Krauca kolekcija par Ķeguma spēkstacijas celtniecību Latvijā 1936. – 1940. gadā

Latvijas valsts starpkaru periodā (1918–1940) viens no lielākajiem sasniegumiem tautsaimniecībā bija Ķeguma spēkstacijas celtniecība. 1939. gada 15. oktobrī iedarbinātā Ķeguma spēkstacija tolaik bija viena no modernākajām hidroelektrostacijām Eiropā. 1939. gada 22. decembrī nodibināja valsts uzņēmumu “Ķegums”, veicinot enerģētikas nozares attīstību un liekot pamatus vienotai valsts elektroapgādei.

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The winners of GIF IT UP 2019

It’s time to reveal the winners of the 2019 edition of GIF IT UP, the annual competition to animate and remix cultural heritage artworks.

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Catastrophic collateral damage: asbestos at work

Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral, once valued because of its insulating and fireproofing qualities, was used for fire-resistant garments and other products. However, exposure to asbestos fibres has caused illnesses and death among thousands of workers across Europe and the world.

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Denim and jeans: making of a fashion icon

Read about the history of denim and jeans, from their invention at the end of the 19th century through to the popular clothing of today.

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Singer sewing machines: production on a grand scale

The tale of the Singer company and their world-changing sewing machines is one of industrialisation, emancipation, mass production, mass marketing, and a massive impact on the world.

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