In a speech today President Barroso of the European Commission declared that culture was the cement which bound Europe together http://bit.ly/16z8aSq What better example of this than Europeana which has recently launched it’s new revamped portal. Europeana is Europe’s multilingual digital library, museum and archive.
On the site you can explore millions of items from a range of Europe’s leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums. The portal allows users to search across millions of items including books and manuscripts, photos and paintings, television and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music and recordings.
- Images – paintings, drawings, maps, photos and pictures of museum objects
- Texts – books, newspapers, letters, diaries and archival papers
- Sounds – music and spoken word from cylinders, tapes, discs and radio broadcasts
- Videos – films, newsreels and TV broadcasts
Institutions across Europe have contributed to Europeana. These range from major international names like the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the British Library and the Louvre to regional archives and local museums from every member of the European Union. In Leeds our own Leodis, photographic archive of Leeds, www.leodis.net contributes to and is accessible through Europeana. For more information, to search the collections a see the latest exhibitions visit the website.