Migration

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The confinements of Napoleon

Discover the story of Napoleon Bonaparte and his many stages of isolation.

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Migration through the eyes of the Israel Museum

With the mass movements of the Jewish diaspora to Israel from Europe and beyond, familes brought their stories, trinkets, customs and photographs. This blog presents a selection of photographs from The Israel Museum that points to the stories of migration from Europe and other places.

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Pythagoras, mathematician and philosopher

Many of us know Pythagoras’ theory, but how many of us know the story of the man behind the theory? This blog looks at the biography of the philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras.

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Inspiring movement: Piet Mondrian, painting and migration

Celebrated Dutch artist Piet Mondrian is a pioneer of 20th century abstract art who lived in Paris, London and New York, with his art reflecting his migrations.

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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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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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‘Self-pride and knowing yourself’: marking Black History Month in Britain

Throughout the history of Britain, renowned people of the African Diaspora have left their mark, shaping the country by making it face up to its role in slavery, colonial impact, perpetual discrimination and the white washing of its history. As October in the United Kingdom marks Black History Month, this blog looks at moments in […]

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Miloš Crnjanski: a literary life of migration and exile

Author Miloš Crnjanski’s works form an invaluable part of Serbian 20th-century literature. His creative writing – poetry and prose – as well as his life in general, were marked by key elements: migration, exile and existential drama.

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Ironopolis: Bolckow Vaughan and the growth of Middlesbrough

Industrial heritage can be ephemeral – the buildings where we work can disappear and are not always seen as important reminders of the past. This is certainly the case with the ironworks and steelworks of Bolckow & Vaughan, which drove the growth of Middlesbrough.

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Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours: Blue, White, Red: symbols of Europe at the end of the 20th century

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours film trilogy can be interpreted as stories about Europe changing at the end of the 20th century, transforming into a continent of new possibilities, returning to universal concepts that became important in a new way.

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A story of migration: Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours White

Each of the films of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours trilogy explores a topic from the French Revolution motto Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité.

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Adrian Willaert and the foundation of the Venetian School

Composer Adrian Willaert was born around 1490 in the Low Countries, and moved at a young age to Paris to study law at the Sorbonne. There, having met composer Jean Mouton, he decided to devote his life to music.

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Adriatic relationships: Carlo Goldoni’s La Dalmatina

The 18th century play La Dalmatina by Carlo Goldoni – sometimes referred to as ‘the Italian Molière’ – is a striking illustration of the relationship between Venice, Istria and Dalmatia.

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Krzysztof Kieślowski: migratory filmmaker

‘It is the road that’s really interesting,’ said Krzysztof Kieślowski at his last public event before his death. ‘I think that’s just the way we are. We know where the goal is and reaching it is not really as interesting as the path. That’s very curious. I think it’s the same with films, just like […]

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‘I am the change’: refugees, art and activism

Stories from museums, galleries, libraries and archives across Europe of refugees supported through art and activism

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A Lithuanian museum mission: the life and legacy of Aleksandras Mykolas Račkus

Aleksandras Mykolas Račkus was a Lithuanian American numismatist, philatelist, ethnographer, curator, and physician, who was born near Kaunas in 1893.

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