Posted on Tuesday April 24, 2018

Europeana Migration

Looking at migration to and from Europe historically, Europeana aims to show that the geographical moving of people makes culture richer.

Our cultural heritage shows us that the Europe we inhabit today is the result of a flow of people and ideas and that migration is woven through and enriches our everyday lives in many ways.

Throughout 2018, the European Year of Cultural Heritage, Europeana will run a series of collection days and events involving museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual collections across Europe that specialise in or are interested in the theme of migration.

As a cultural heritage institution, you can invite people young and old to join in both online - by contributing to and exploring a new migration collection on the Europeana Collections website - and in the real world - by participating at museum events where they can add their personal migration stories, with material such as pictures, diaries, videos and letters, to the collection.

Contribute your content 

If you represent a cultural heritage institution with collections that relate to the theme of migration, we'd love to hear from you.

What content are we looking for?
We're looking for documentary evidence, material culture and personal stories reflecting migration movements in Europe over many centuries, as well as how these have affected the arts and sciences.

Five reasons to get involved:

  • To be part of the Europeana Migration campaign, a key element of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage
  • To join a unique, multilingual digital resource where thousands of cultural institutions – from regional archives to national museums – share their collections
  • To bring your content to new audiences: individuals and professionals who can discover, research, share and enjoy Europe’s wealth of digital cultural resources
  • To showcase collections in blogs, galleries, online exhibitions and social media to reach millions of citizens across Europe
  • To see your collections reused within research, education and the creative industries

Host a collection day 

The goal of the Europeana Migration Collection Days is to collect stories and material relating to migration and family history. Collection Days  will take place in partner museums and other cultural heritage institutions and are an opportunity for the public to share their own individual or family migration stories. Collection day events will begin in March 2018.

How Europeana can help with your Collection Day:

  • We'll give you the opportunity to be part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, and a major pan-European campaign
  • We'll provide expertise and knowledge of running Collection Day events, including an online tool for capturing data with how-to tutorials 
  • We'll give you press and marketing material templates
  • We'll help provide visibility for your collections/organisation
  • You'll be connected to our network of 3,500 cultural heritage institutions

If you are interested in running your own Collection Day event to digitise and add material for Europeana Migration, you can find help and advice on how to do that in the following documents (more will follow soon).

Europeana Migration Collection Days are based on the Oxford Community Collection Model.