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How did we get so much stuff?

The rise of consumerism in the 20th century

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Tisza sport shoes: icon of Hungarian sport

Sport story of a shoe factory in Martfű

photograph of an Ancient Greek relief showing a young man playing with a ball
The classical roots of modern-day football

Greek and Latin in the beautiful game

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Game on: 4 unique championships from across Europe

Competitions with regional and cultural inspiration

parts of intricate architectural features inside the Alhambra Palace
The medieval art of Alhambra: how Nasrid art influenced Europe's artists

The visual and decorative art produced by the Nasrids within and around the Alhambra complex has influenced European artists in ways that are only now beginning to be understood

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Life under the seas

Exploring symbiosis in species

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Sustainable architecture: design for life on earth

How architects are designing with environmental awareness in mind

Utrecht, city of cycling

Dutch city with the country's first bicycle path

black and white photograph portrait of Johnny Weissmuller who wears a swimming singlet
Johnny Weissmuller: from Olympic gold to cinema stardom

Competitive swimmer who became a Hollywood leading man

collage of three photographs featuring Olympic mascot toys shaped like a wolf, bear and a human-shaped ice cube
Mascots: bringing the Olympic spirit to life

Where do the Olympic mascots come from?

Luca Missoni stands in front of a design board with different patterns. On the left stands a mannequin dressed in a colourful patterned shirt from the Missoni line
True Colours

A Vlog Series with Luca Missoni - Europeana XX Ambassador of Change

Voices from the past: 20th-century migration in audio and video

Recordings, reports and more relating to migration, found on Europeana

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Coventry: city of change and movement

Exploring the 2021 UK City of Culture

Chinoiseries

When China was "à la mode" in the West

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How Salvador Dalí supported a Girona rugby team

Surrealist artist and rugby fan

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Into the Maelstrom: the 1980 Scottish kayak expedition to northwest Norway

First recorded dual crossing by sea kayak of the treacherous Moskenstraumen

Scrumptious sites: 7 foods named after European places

A culinary tour across Europe to discover the meanings behind the names of some popular food

Workers united: the International Workers' Olympiads

Sport competitions in the 1920s and 1930s for members of labour and workers associations

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Age of Synergies: technological innovations in the late 19th century

Learn about the scientific and technological developments that revolutionised the world.

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Advertising Philips Radio at the 1948 London Olympic Games

Striking illustrated advertising commemorating the games