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Farming landscapes in Scandinavia: how industrial agriculture transformed rural life

Agriculture lies at the heart of social developments all over the world. Farming has transformed the lives of farmers, and also people and nature worldwide.

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Tamo daleko (There, far away) – a Serbian prisoner of war during World War One

Guest blog written by Fabian & Tatjana Vendrig (Dutch and Serbian language versions below) “The bread you sent, every Serb took it, they crossed themselves and kissed it and then we all started to cry happy tears”. This is an excerpt of a letter which Djordje Vukosavljevic, who was mentioned earlier in a blog, sent […]

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Silver cups and their stories: connections across Europe

During our campaigns like Europeana Migration and Europeana 1914-1918, we bring a digital perspective to our Collection Days with partner institutions all over Europe. During these days, we collect, digitise and preserve the stories and objects of the European people. This is a distinct approach, compared to how objects usually are found in our online […]

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Истраживање судбине српских војника из Првог светског рата који су преминули у Холандији

Аутори: Фабиан и Татјана Вендриг На углу холандског реформисаног гробља у Гардерену, тик уз шумовит предео Велуве регије у Холандији, стоји споменик у знак сећања на Србе који су преминули од шпанске грознице 1919. године непосредно после Првог светског рата. На споменику је исписано 29 имена војника који су умрли у Гардерену, 21 име војника […]

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Onderzoek naar het lot van de Servische WOI soldaten die in Nederland overleden

Gastblog geschreven door Tanja & Fabian Vendrig In een hoek op de gereformeerde begraafplaats te Garderen, op de rand van de bosrijke Veluwe in midden Nederland, staat een monument ter nagedachtenis aan Serviërs die in 1919 overleden aan de Spaanse Griep na de Eerste Wereldoorlog. Het monument bevat de 29 namen van Servische soldaten die […]

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Researching the fate of the Serbian WWI soldiers who died in the Netherlands

Guest blog by Fabian & Tatjana Vendrig (also available in Dutch and Serbian language version) In a corner of the Dutch Reformed cemetery in Garderen, on the edge of the forested area of the Veluwe region in the Netherlands, stands a monument to the memory of Serbs who died of the Spanish flu in 1919, […]

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Lost WW1 memorial plaque of HMS Laurentic fireman returned to family thanks to Europeana 1914-1918

A lost World War One memorial plaque – dedicated to fireman Thomas McGarry who died in the sinking of the HMS Laurentic in 1917 – has been returned to his family decades later thanks to Europeana 1914-1918. Thomas McGarry was a fireman on board the HMS Laurentic which sunk while travelling from Ireland to Canada when […]

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Are You In Europeana? How I found out about my relative who fought in World War One

Everyone googles their name from time to time. But have you tried doing the same on Europeana Collections? Portraits of Roland Gerard Garvin. British Library, CC BY Cultural heritage is often our shared heritage – the books, archives, paintings, sculptures, music and more that we as Europeans and people share. Sometimes though cultural heritage can […]

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Stories and testimonies of Italian soldiers who fought and perished in the Great War

Following the ‘Documenting the Great War‘ blogpost, Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche Italiane e per le Informazioni Bibliografiche (ICCU) – Central Institute for the Union Catalogue (ICCU) highlights some of the memories contributed by citizens at the ‘Seminario formativo e raccolta di fotografie, lettere, ricordi della Grande guerra’ community collection day held […]

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Unlocking the First World War

If you’re interested in the First World War, then you need to know about a great event we’re putting on in Berlin at the end of the month. On 30-31 January, the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin is hosting ‘Unlocking Sources – the First World War Online & Europeana’. It’s partly a two-day conference but it’s actually […]

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Europeana 1914-1918 in France

Thanks to the National Library of France for this blog. Family History Roadshows for Europeana 1914-1918 took place in France from 9-16 November 2013. Thanks to the cooperation between the French National Library (BnF), Archives de France and their network, Europeana and Mission du Centenaire, more than 100 sites all over France participated. Thousands of […]

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A Focus on World War One

You don’t have to be particularly eagle-eyed to notice all the references to World War One on the Europeana site, as well as on our blogs, Facebook and Twitter feeds. But you might be wondering why we’ve got a particular focus on it. Well, let me tell you! Oxfordshire Yeomanry, courtesy of Kevin Northover. In […]

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End of the First World War – 11 a.m. on 11.11

Today is the 93d anniversary marking the end of the First World War.  Precisely at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011, it will be honoured across the globe with a two-minute silence. Commemorate this event also by checking our newest collection of private memorabilia and stories from the times […]

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Our first interactive video launched today

Today we launched our first interactive video – Europeana Remix.  Based on a short film that was produced as a result of a crowdsourcing project “The First World War in everyday documents“, the video now turns into a new enriching experience. Empowered with latest video technology and resources from Europeana and the web, the interactive […]

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One giant leap – This week in history

18 July – Bulgarian revolutionary Vasil Levski was born in 1873. Read Levski’s Ordinance, where he sets out the main principles of a democratic society and calls for the liberation of the Bulgarian people. 19 July – French impressionist Edgar Degas, most famous for his masterful depiction of human movement, was born in Paris in […]

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Bit of family history on Europeana

Robert Bertsch, a retired teacher, was amazed to discover an important part of his family history on Europeana. He found video footage capturing the arrival of his family in The Netherlands in 1958. Robert who was 10 then, together with his parents and two brothers had to leave Indonesia abruptly in 1957.  He remembers his […]

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