Maps and Geography

man and woman sit on deckchairs at beach while a boy plays in the sand

Travelling for pleasure: a brief history of tourism

Tracing the development of tourism from the 17th century to the present-day.

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#MuseumJigsaw – puzzle over beautiful artworks

Have fun with our cultural heritage jigsaw puzzles and discover beautiful artworks when you complete them.

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postcard showing 4 black and white photographs of views of a town. The words 'Groeten uit Spijkenisse' are printed.

Take a virtual tour of Spijkennise, Duncan Laurence’s home town

Let’s explore Spijkennise – a small town in south Holland, home to Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence.

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painting of a bustling street scene in a square

Åke Waldemar Larsson: the artist who depicted everyday life in Malmö

Swedish artist Åke Waldemar Larsson has created a huge number of artworks depicting day to day life in the city of Malmö, and the beauty, energy and rhythms of our working lives.

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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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Travelling texts: information networks of the past

The invention of printing in the middle of the 15th century gave rise to the cross-cultural flow of texts throughout Europe. But complex webs of connections also developed later. The 18th-century Italian printer and publisher Remondini and its pedlars is a brilliant example. Remondini world map – Mappe Monde ou description du globe terrestre : […]

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What are men to rocks and mountains?

“What are men to rocks and mountains?” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Human exploration of and travel through mountains dates back millennia. It’s only in the last few centuries, though, that exploration of mountains for exploration’s sake, or for sport and tourism, has come into existence. Ice cave on Marmolada, Austrian National Library, Public […]

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Is there life on Mars?

Planet from “L’Espace céleste et la nature tropicale…”, The British Library, public domain Today, mankind is reaching further out into space than ever before through our unmanned probes and rovers. This is not a new ambition though – we have always looked outwards and wanted to understand what is there, above our heads, in space. […]

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The Greatest Traveller in History? The Life and Places of Ibn Battuta

Ibn Battuta, or ‘Abu Abd al-Lah Muhammad ibn Abd al-Lah l-Lawati t-Tangi ibn Batutah’ to give him his full name, is a strong contestant for the greatest traveller in history. Not only did he travel a distance greater than the diameter of the Earth, he did most of it overland, travelling in caravans at a […]

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Travelling through Mongolia with two gramophones

Enjoy a guest post by Sabine Schostag, Statsbiblioteket, edited by Imogen Greenhalgh. A version of this post appeared first on February 4, 2016 on Europeana Sounds blog. This is a story about Danish traveller and adventurer Henning Haslund-Christensen and his expeditions to Inner Mongolia. During his travels, Haslund-Christensen collected voices. In fact, this is the […]

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Lost in unknown seas: Exploring an Arctic mystery

On the cloudy morning of 19 May 1845 – a small town, Greenhithe, in England’s Southeastern tip, was a hive of excitement and activity. Festivities were focused around the town’s dock where two great ships – HMS Erebus and Terror – were preparing to cast off. Their destination? The still-uncharted Northwest Passage of the Arctic, where […]

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Life on the edge: the story of St Kilda

With its sheer cliffs and glassy waters, the archipelago St Kilda sits at the northern tip of the British isles, the westernmost part of the Outer Hebridean islands. As you might expect from such a far-flung location, the distance from the mainland plays an important role in the island’s history. The population of St Kilda […]

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Illustrated Maps

Adventurers love them, explorers devise them, and everyone uses them – maps. From cave paintings to ancient maps of Babylon, Greece, and Asia, through the Age of Discovery (15th – 17th century) up until today, people have created and used maps as the essential tools to help them define, explain, and navigate their way through […]

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Map with bullet hole from the remains of Walter Flex

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 – the stories of soldiers and their families continue to be told and published from generation to […]

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Marco Polo – the man who brought China to Europe

Italian explorer Marco Polo was born on 15th September 1254 and died on the 8th or 9th January 1324. We’re not sure which because in Venetian law the day ends at sunset not midnight. ‘Roma – Dettaglio del ritratto di Marco Polo – Tiziano – Gall. Doria’, Federico Zeri Foundation, public domain It was Marco […]

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