Month: December 2019

boy holding Romanian flag standing by a tank

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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painting of a child learning how to use machinery - fades from grey on the left to colourful on the right

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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young woman using a singer sewing machine

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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Strike at the Bor Mine in the 1930s: Europe’s first environmental protest?

This blog looks at conditions and protests at the Bor Mine in Serbia, and uncovers what may be one of the first environmental protests in Europe.

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From coffee, tea and tobacco to UNESCO: Rotterdam’s Van Nelle Factory

The Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam grew from a small firm selling coffee, tea and tobacco, to a large factory of steel and glass, the first daylight factory in Europe.

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Europeana Advent Calendar

Who’s in for a December countdown? Here’s our Cultural Heritage Advent Calendar! Every day until the 24th of December, a great cultural heritage item will be waiting for you. So join us, we promise that you’ll love it, hopefully even more than a chocolate advent calendar!

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