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 month we're turning 10, so here are some party pictures to get into a celebratory mood!
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.
In this gallery you can find examples of postcards which have circulated and influenced public opinion during First World War. Read how the postcard became a weapon of propaganda in our blog.
Utagawa (also known as Andō) Hiroshige (1797–1858) is often considered the last great master of ukiyo-e – the Japanese tradition of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
With a patent application first lodged by the Lumière brothers in late 1903, autochrome was an additive three-colour photographic process. It consists of a mosaic of colours on a glass plate, designed to be viewed using hand-held devices or projected usin…
Autumn has inspired artists for centuries. This gallery shows how artists have depicted the harvest season through colourful paintings and drawings.
Ernst Kleiber, German prisoner of war, created a richly-illustrated manuscript while in Russian custody in Central Asia (1915-1918). Take a look at those detailed sketches of the flora and fauna of Turkestan, the region where he was held captive.