Welcome to Europeana, one of the world’s richest virtual museums.
If there is any website full of digitised European heritage, it is definitely Europeana. This huge and majestic virtual museum offers a lot of fun experiences, perfect for spending a quality time in social isolation.
The morning when I’m writing this article, they posted a fascinating Short History of supermarkets in Europe, which I warmly recommend. It is one of many entertaining stories from European heritage and it includes many old vintage photos of supermarkets in Europe throughout the decades.
Aside from that, I have made my list of cool and fun stories from Europeana collections. Check also my Complete Guide to Virtual Museums for the times of social distance.
Let’s start with this very contemporary topic about which many psychologists and sociologists had a say recently. Europeana collections moderators made sure to find a selection of pictures related to toilet paper, or as I also read across Twitter, loo paper. As I am not a native English speaker I often get fascinated when I learn new British or American slangs.
As they say, toilet paper can be easier to find in a museum than in a store. Or at least we perceive it like this.
All the aspects of social distance
The term social distance became a central topic of all the news and conversations. The term might sound unclear, though. For a better clarification, Europeana Collections made a selection of gifs created from historical paintings or photographs.
Following the topic of social distance as a way to prevent the spread of the disease, there is another topic that deserves mentioning – washing your hands.
Women’s History on Europeana
Through the past month of March Europeana teams were working on telling stories from Women’s History. The initiative emerges from the Women’s Day on 8th of March thus making March the Women’s History Month.
As women are underrepresented in arts, whether as artists or figures, this initiative has tried to correct the injustice. The Women’s History collection has stories of amazing women some of which I never heard about before.
I would also like to recommend you a special blog section about Astrid Lindgren.
The History of Work and Labour
In the times of uncertainty when we are rethinking our economic system, I would like to recommend you checking this Europeana virtual exhibition of employment realities.
Every chapter of this exhibition-book has a different author-photographer. The authors come from different countries and backgrounds. They show different views on working along with social realities.
Sometimes we should stay away from serious stories. Thematic galleries on Europeana can be so sweet. Let’s take a look on some Easter Eggs.
The gallery is pretty huge and full of calming images of colourful Easter Eggs for these days.
Europe is so diverse, and so are our lighthouses! I have to say I have a fascination with lighthouses, so I need to recommend you their gallery on Europeana.
You can also read my old article about a lighthouse museum in Cascais Portugal.
I draw and sketch, but I also love colouring books. Europeana has a few of them, ready for you to download and print them. If there is any justifiable purpose of printing documents, it is definitely one of them.
Who was Pythagora?
I would like to finish this small introduction to Europeana Collections with an ancient scientist. He was one of first guys about which someone made heritage interpretation! Centuries after his era, artists were imagining his portraits and ideas about places where he’s lived. Almost everyone remembers that name from school, but here comes a lesser known story.
The answer to the question “how to explore Europeana Collections?” is simple. Open the homepage and start it your own way. Share your path with me if you want, and give me your recommendations through the Twitter.
Notice that although Europeana pages have language versions in all the official languages of European Union, there are no consistent translations for all the content. While most texts are written in English, many descriptions of particular images are only in languages they come from. So you might need to use the Google Translate to feed your curiosity.