Share your migration story with Europeana Migration

We all have objects and tales that tell stories of where we’ve come from and what’s shaped our lives. For many of us, that involves our family’s stories of migration and immigration.

family standing around table looking at mapA family with 10 children are going to emigrate, Jacq Stevens, 1955, Gooi en Vecht Historisch, Netherlands, CC BY-SA

Sharing your own personal migration history can help us to tell a really big story – the story of Europe and the people who live here. We invite you to share your story – through objects like pictures, letters, postcards or recipes – with Europeana Migration, by visiting

These objects are important parts of your heritage. Recording and digitising them is easier than you might think. Once it’s done, they will become part of the Europeana Migration Collection.

Your story is part of Europe’s rich and shared history of migration, and now it can be recorded for the future, and made freely available for anyone to discover and use for education, research, inspiration and pleasure.

Here are some of the stories that have been shared so far.

In addition to being able to contribute online, today sees the launch of our Europeana Migration Collection Days, events with partner institutions designed to engage local communities and help tell the story of Europe through migration.

Our first event of this pan-European campaign kicks off today, Thursday 15th through to Saturday 17th March, in partnership with the House of European History, in Brussels.

Throughout 2018, the European Year of Cultural Heritage, Europeana will run a series of collection days and events involving museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual collections across Europe asking people to add their personal migration stories, with material such as pictures, diaries, videos and letters, to the collection.

Further events will be held throughout 2018 in Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Wales, Luxembourg, Croatia and Latvia. See here for the full list.

One thought on “Share your migration story with Europeana Migration”

  1. Hi,

    Over the past three years, I have helped my three friends, grandsons of Giovanni and Maria Protti who immigrated to North America in the early 1900s, research the story of their grandparents who died young leaving behind four orphaned children, the youngest only a few months old.

    The research involved two trips to Italy, as their grandfather had returned there to fight in WWI (as did 360,000 other Italians who lived abroad then). We uncovered an amazing story of courage, hard work, sacrifice and love of country. It is also a story of the legacy left behind by immigrants who rationalized their hardships in a new land by saying they were seeking a better future, if not themselves, then for their children.

    Are you interested in receiving this story and the photos / copies of relevant documents we were able find?

    Laura Ruzzier

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