Europeana Education: bringing Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage to teachers, students and lifelong learners

Image: Hippolyte Michaud / Rijksmuseum

Europeana is Europe’s digital platform for cultural and scientific heritage. Launched by the European Commission in November 2008, it provides access to more than 50 million cultural heritage records from around 3700 libraries, museums, archives and galleries across Europe.

By making this material openly accessible in a digital format, Europeana aims to:

  1. preserve cultural heritage and promote a sense of a European identity and culture,
  2. give more support to teachers, and
  3. support innovation in school education.

Europeana offer for education

When you visit the Europeana platform you will find images, text, audio, video and 3D content on anything from art to science, natural history, fashion and more in 27 languages. These can provide multiple perspectives on historical, political, economic and cultural developments across Europe and beyond. A large part of our collections – over 20 million items – is open-licensed and can be freely reused in educational settings.

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You can easily search our content via key words or by colour, people, time period, and topics or explore our curated resources, ranging from virtual exhibitions and galleries, to thematic collections on World War I, Art, Music, Fashion, Photography and more. Recently, we released the Migration thematic collection, with two new collections coming in 2018.

The dedicated online space Europeana Education supports teaching and learning with innovative tools and resources. Some of the great tool examples include a Guide to using Europeana, which gives search tips and information on copyright and crediting, and Transcribathon, an online collaborative tool that allows students to transcribe World War I original documents like diaries or letters and engage more fully with their past.

Resource highlights include:

  • Historiana – a winner of the Lifelong Learning Award 2017, this initiative by EUROCLIO brings supplementary pan-European resources to history educators and students.
  • Inventing Europe is a website with virtual tours and exhibitions that explore the formation of Europe through the lens of science and technological breakthroughs.
  • Free iTunes U course and Multi-Touch book World War I: A battle of perspectives.
  • The educational game Art Stories FACES, which encourages kids between 5 and 10 years old to learn about visual arts while having fun.

To add more learning resources with cultural data, we have been working closely with European Schoolnet and set up the Europeana Teacher Developer Group, a mix of primary and secondary teachers from across Europe. The activities developed by this group will serve as a basis for a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The course will help other teachers to use Europeana’s material in their classrooms and will be published in early summer 2018.

In 2018 we are celebrating the European Year of Cultural Heritage and the 10th Anniversary of Europeana. Join us in making our cultural heritage more prominent in the classrooms and inspire learners of all ages. Explore our Collections and share with us any digital learning resources you develop with cultural data.

Written by Isabel Crespo, Business Development Coordinator, Education at Europeana Foundation.

How can I learn more?

To find out more and stay updated on our activities and new resources, sign up for our Newsletter or join our LinkedIn group. You can also contribute to the conversation by following #EuropeanaEducation on Twitter or emailing us at reuse@europeana.eu.