Europeana 1989

Project Description

Europeana 1989

Central and Eastern Europe

Partner: Europeana 
Funders: European Commission

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2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the revolutionary events across central and eastern Europe which led to the fall of the Iron Curtain. Europeana wanted to commemorate this and create a comprehensive, vivid picture of what happened across Europe, told by the people who lived through it.

What happened?

In partnership with cultural institutions in central and eastern Europe, Europeana hosted community collection days in galleries, libraries and museums. Events were run in Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Germany and people were asked to bring in personal photos and memorabilia related to the events of 1989.

The Europeana team digitised all the memorabilia that was brought in and recorded people’s stories. These materials were uploaded, mapped and linked together to create visual stories in a multi-lingual Historypin Collection.

Read more on the blog.

What was created?


Design & Digital

  • Designed the creative identity for the project
  • Created a customised Collection with an interface translated into 9 languages
  • Built an additional feature that allowed stories (a series of photos with text alongside) to be created and
  • Designed and built A Digital Baltic Way, mapping photos of the human chain which stretched across Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 1989

Collections and Content

  • Bulk uploaded and mapped 5,000 photographs from Deutsche Kinemathek (SDK) via Europeana

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