Between 1900 and 1999, fashions changed along with attitudes to women, their role in society and their clothing and bodies. This gallery presents a chronological snapshot of the changing silhouettes of women's fashion in the 20th century.
Women have worn corsets for centuries as an integral part of their wardrobes. Corsets fell from fashion during the 20th century, seen as cruel and uncomfortable. This gallery shows how corsets developed through the years.
Discover beautiful gowns, evening wear and more by iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, one of the most prominent figures in Parisian couture fashion.
From a leisurely cycle through the countryside to fast-paced races, cycling is a pan-European hobby, sport and means of transport. Feel the wind in your hair, race your friends down the street, or escape down the countryside with these images of bikes and…
Whether it’s inscriptions, annotations or doodles, readers have always made their marks in books as decoration, aids to memory and signs of ownership.
Olga Boznańska (1865-1940) was a notable artist in her native Poland and across Europe. Read about her life and work in this guest post from the National Museum in Warsaw.
Alphabets are the building blocks of the written languages in Europe, used to communicate, teach and decorate. Explore the beauty of typography, alphabets and languages in this gallery.
In this gallery, we explore the colour pink, often associated with charm, romance and sweetness. Want to #ColourOurCollections? Check our latest colouring book.
Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717) was a naturalist and scientific illustrator, and one of the first naturalists to observe insects directly. Read about her in our exhibition.
Humans have dealt with the deceased in different ways according to culture and timeframe, but almost always rituals have been created around the concept of death. Explore the archaeological remains showing the rituals of death and burial in this gallery.
Many medieval manuscripts are full of decorated capital letters that come in all styles and sizes. But what was their purpose? Read in our blog!
Surimono are a genre of Japanese woodblock print. Produced in small numbers for a mostly educated audience of literati, surimono were often more experimental and extravagant than commercial prints.
Archaeologists aren't always found deep in a trench sifting through rubble, but it's during their field work that they're often most visible. This gallery depicts archaeologists during their daily work: digging, excavating, researching, observ…
The lyre, often seen held by mythical characters such as Orpheus and Apollo, comes in all shapes and sizes. Discover plenty of variations of lyres in this gallery.
This gallery provides a glimpse of the experience migrants had to endure when moving to a new home through Ellis Island, the United States' busiest immigrant inspection station for over 60 years.
"Don't judge a book by its cover", goes the popular phrase, but striking cover art stays long in our memories. Here's a variety of book cover designs, from children's fiction to classics of world literature.
Although a member of the Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungary and Germany, Italy did not join them in 1914, but a year later entered the war on the opposing side with Entente Powers. This Europeana 1914-1918 Centenary Tour gallery highlights a selection o…
Sometimes when moving to a new place, it's not always possible to carry many possessions. These simple everyday items remind us how objects can connect us to home, to our loved ones, to migration journeys and to our cultures.