Fit for Education – Case Study

To encourage cooperation between people working in the fields of education and cultural heritage, EuroClio has produced a case study providing insights into the use of online collections for and by educators. The case study is based on work done by EuroClio, historians and history educators from its network, who have worked to find and present over 1,000 sources from Europeana in more than 60 source collections, available at Historiana.

The case study aims to help cultural heritage institutions understand what educators look for while searching online collections, and how to make their content more accessible for education. These insights can help suggest the order in which pieces from collections can be digitised and help institutes think about reducing barriers to access.


Read the full case study here.

Europeana Network Association AGM 2018

“Building Communities”

The AGM 2018 – an opportunity for Europeana Network Association members to voice their opinions and ideas and to showcase their projects.

This year’s focus is on building communities.

Historical Content Team Meets at House of European History

On 23-25 November 2018 EuroClio and the Historiana Historical Content Team came together in Brussels to define the first steps in the implementation of the 4th phase of the Digital Services Infrastructure (DSI4) project, led by Europeana Foundation. The meeting was hosted by the House of European History, which was also involved in the meeting in the person of Laurence Bragard.

During these three intense days of meeting, EuroClio and the Historiana Historical Content Team set the priorities and the next steps of their collaboration, in particular defining the future work on the implementation of the DSI4 project.

After a presentation of updates and news by Steven Stegers, Acting Executive Director of EuroClio, on Saturday morning, the afternoon was dedicated to the brainstorm and gathering of ideas for the source collections that will be developed within the project. In the framework of the DSI4 project, 24 new source collections on 6 different themes will be collected – re-using content from the Europeana Collections – and made available on Historiana. Participants were divided into two groups, focusing on the three themes already defined: one group on European Renaissances and Napoleon and his times and the other on the Industrial Revolutions. The brainstorm session was very productive and resulted in a good collaborative team work, combining the different expertise and backgrounds of all participants. On Sunday morning the two groups presented the work of the previous day and shared the ideas collected so far with all participants, for feedback and confrontation.

The meeting resulted in the definition of around 20 ideas on source collections to be further selected and developed within the coming months. Ideas for three additional themes, taking into account feedback by the EuroClio community, were also put forward and will be further explored by the Historical Content Team.

Following the meeting in Brussels, Bob Stradling, Editor in Chief of Historiana, spent two days at the EuroClio office in The Hague introducing the project and supporting trainees in collecting valuable sources. Trainees, supervised by the Historical Content Team, will work on the source collections, engaging in the search on Europeana collections as well as on research on the topics selected, in order to provide sources with valuable and relevant content.

Opening Up Historiana: First Transnational project meeting in Prague

EuroClio Project Updates ,

On 5-6 November, the partners of the project “Opening Up Historiana” came together at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague for their first transnational project meeting.

The project – which is coordinated by EuroClio – started on 1 October 2018 and involves four other partners: Webtic (Netherlands), the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (Czech Republic), Stockholmskällan (Sweden) and the Museum of Slavonia (Croatia). These partners work with Europeana Foundation, who was also represented in Prague. They will work to improve the Historiana eLearning Environment and open it up by involving more developers in the webdevelopment and more partners in the creation, publication and sharing of resources.

The project will result in three new eLearning Tools for the Historiana eActivity Builder and the possibility for partner and member organisations to publish and curate resources on their own page. The project will also result in recommendations for the Europeana Initiative (detailing what needs to be done to ensure that history educators find what they need) and a business case that allows the project to grow.

During the first day the project partners familiarised themselves with each other, with the project and with Historiana: The partners, including Europeana, presented themselves and their organisations; Judith Geerling (EuroClio) presented the project outline; Nique Sanders (Webtic) presented the first sketches for the partner pages;  and Steven Stegers (EuroClio) demonstrated how Historiana works, feels and looks.

The second day focused on the management and implementation of the project: The partners reviewed the partner agreements, discussed how cooperate during the project, and planned the upcoming meetings. As a next step, the partners will collect ideas for new eLearning Tools and start develop source collections.

Using Europeana Collections to Teach Dialogue, Debate and Discussion

At the Learning to Disagree training seminar in Berlin, Jaco Stoop and Judith Geerling presented the Historiana eLearning environment to the core team. The resources that will be developed within the Learning to Disagree project will feature on Historiana. However, EuroClio decided this training seminar also presented a unique opportunity to familiarize a group of European educators with the rich content offered by the Europeana Collections. This is mainly important be cause throughout the project, the core team will have to include source material that is multi-perspective, transnational and free to use for education in their learning activities.

In order to demonstrate how educators can use the Europeana Collections to create learning activities with Historiana, Jaco selected sources of the horse-drawn carriage Golden Coach, which is at the center of political debate in The Netherlands. The attendants learned how to add these sources from the Europeana Collections to their own Historiana environment. Subsequently, several elements of the eActivity Builder were shown, such as the tool to analyze and annotate visual sources. In addition to adding sources directly from the Europeana Collections, Jaco also highlighted the exemplar source collections and learning activities that have been developed within the EuroClio partnership with Europeana.

New Europeana source collections available on the First World War!

Historiana is now updated with two new source collections. The first displays the role of women in the First World War. The second explores the impact that the Great War had on individuals, and how people coped with physical injuries.

Women in World War One

This collection of 19 sources provides teachers with some excellent teaching material which is ready to use for the creation of online learning activities. The First World War played a significant role in the history of female emancipation and is an important highlight in the teaching of this historical theme. These resources offer visual materials to help students understand the importance and variety of tasks women took upon themselves in the absence of large numbers of men in their societies during the war. These roles taken on by women greatly contributed to their emancipation in later generations.

Impact on Humans of World War One

Another significant feature of World War One is its impact on humans lives during and in the aftermath of the war. Striking visual sources depicting the lives and struggles of individuals physically and psychologically affected by the war are now available on Historiana. This will make it easier for students to conceptualise the influence that the Great War has had on our society over multiple generations, and the visible and invisible scars it left behind.

EuroClio Online Training – How to use Historiana with Europeana classroom

The  sources available in the Europeana Collections are vast and very useful, but it is important to know how to navigate this platform in order to make the most out of its potential. This is why EuroClio, in collaboration with Europeana, is hosting trainings to bring these skills to teachers throughout Europe. On May 14, EuroClio’s trainers hosted one such seminar using eTwinning, to cater to the needs of those unable to attend in-person events.

The participants were introduced to the Historiana e-Activity Builder, which allows users to develop enquiry questions, to set up a sequence of learning using digital tools designed by other history teachers, and to get students to respond to questions in an assessable way. These eLearning Activities can be created in any language, and the Historiana eLearning Environment is and will remain free to use for teachers and students. 72% of respondents rated this online seminar as “excellent,” and another 28% as “very good.”

Six Historiana collections are complete and available online for your browsing pleasure, and ready to be used in your own learning activities! They include: Expressions of power and status by European royalty, European emigration to the United States in the late 19th century, Changes over Time: Water, Bridges, and Transport, Women in the First World War, Different views on Napoleon Bonaparte, and The human impact of World War One.

One of our favourites is Changes over Time: Water, Bridges, and Transport, and pictured above is an image of that collection dating from late 18th century China. This image, like the others part of this fascinating collection, gives us an idea of what it was like to be engaged in travel and trade hundreds of years ago, and is an invaluable resource for teachers looking to make history come to life for their students. We hope you will check it out for yourself!

eTwinning Seminar: Making Historical Thinking Explicit to Students Using Online Tools

Language:          English
Costs:                   Free

In this eTwinning seminar, trainers from EuroClio – Inspiring History and Citizenship Educators, will demonstrate how educators can create their own eLearning Activities with historical sources from the Europeana Collections.

The participants will work with the Historiana e-activity builder which has been designed to promote historical thinking. The e-Activity Builder enables users to develop enquiry questions, to set up a sequence of learning using digital tools designed by other history teachers, and to get your students to respond to the question in a way that you can assess. The eLearning Activities can be created in any language, and the Historiana eLearning Environment is and will remain free to use for teachers and students.

How to register?
In case you are already part of the eTwinning Community, in order to join, you just need to enter the platform, click on Professional Development, and join 15 minutes before the starting time. If you are not yet registered, you need to create an account first. This is free for staff (teachers, head teachers, librarians, etc.) working in a school in one of the European countries involved and can be done here.

More information

eTwinning offers a platform for staff (teachers, head teachers, librarians, etc.), working in a school in one of the European countries involved, to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share and, in short, feel and be part of a learning community. eTwinning promotes school collaboration in Europe through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by providing support, tools and services for schools. eTwinning also offers opportunities for free and continuing online Professional Development for educators. You can join the eTwinning Community for free here.

Europeana Europeana works with thousands of European archives, libraries and museums to share cultural heritage for enjoyment, education and research. The Europeana Collections provides access to over 50 million digitised items – books, music, artworks and more – with sophisticated search and filter tools to help you find what you’re looking for. There are also dedicated thematic collections on art, fashion, music, photography and World War I that contain galleries, blogs and exhibitions. The webportal is accessible via

Historiana is an online resource for history educators in Europe and beyond. It offers free historical content, ready to use learning activities, and innovative digital tools made by and for history educators across Europe. Historiana’s development is informed by the EuroClio manifesto and it seeks to provide material that is complex and multi-perspective in order to promote critical thinking.

The site is constantly being added to and updated. On it you will find material that is rich in subject knowledge. This can be particularly useful for trainee teachers and teachers moving to a new topic, who feel that their own subject knowledge needs improving before they can plan how to teach a topic. The historical content can also be used directly by students. There are also copyright free source collections, including from Europeana. These are chosen carefully to present a variety of perspectives and to engage students of all abilities. You will find blogs about existing online resources that can be adapted for use in the history classroom, and also blogs about different teaching strategies with ideas about how to use them. In addition to the rich historical content, there is a teaching and learning section. Historical thinking, teaching methods and teaching challenges are explained and exemplified with learning activities. All learning activities are provided as Word documents, with a teachers’ guide, so that you can adapt and change them for the needs of your own students.

Historiana e-Activity Builder

The site has an e-activity builder. The e-activity builder has been designed to promote historical thinking and be easy to use. It is neither a resource that is just more up-to-the-minute than the same idea on paper, nor a resource for the technologically very confident teacher. It enables you to develop enquiry questions, to set up a sequence of learning using digital tools designed by other history teachers, and to get your students to respond to the question in a way that you can assess. You can either build your own activities for students to use in class or at home by importing material from or elsewhere, or you can adapt and use e-activities already developed by others. A simple sign in process creates your e-activity builder area where you can organise your own activities, save your favourite sources and keep lists of students. This can, of course, be in any language.

How to stay up to date?
To stay up to date with the latest developments related to Historiana, including announcements for more free online trainings, you can:

This eTwinning Seminar is part of the Europeana DSI3 project

EuroClio provides training on how to use online tools to make historical thinking explicit to students. And you can join!

In recent years, EuroClio has worked with partners to inspire and support history educators to make best use of new technologies to enhance the teaching and learning of history. One of the main outcomes of these efforts is the creation of the Historiana eLearning Environment, which last year received the LLLAward 2017: Education in a Digital World, in the category “Education and Innovative Pedagogy”.

Historiana includes an e-Activity Builder that enables users to develop enquiry questions, to set up a sequence of learning using digital tools designed by other history teachers, and to get your students to respond to the question in a way that you can assess. The eLearning Activities can be created in any language, and the Historiana eLearning Environment is and will remain free to use for teachers and students. Registered users can save their eLearning Activities.

In order to stimulate the use of this eLearning Environment, EuroClio is organising a series of trainings on how to use Historiana to create online learning activities that help your students to think historically using historical sources from the Europeana Collections. To support these trainings, EuroClio has created a teacher training package that provides support material on how Historiana works, and provides a set of challenges that can be used for initial teacher training or the professional development of history educators. Over the course of the coming months, several workshops will be provided by trainers in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland and Spain to familiarise educators with the Historiana e-learning environment and accessing the Europeana Collections.

Can’t wait to learn more about the Historiana e-learning environment and Europeana’s incredible variety of sources, but unable to attend one of the upcoming events mentioned above? Don’t panic! EuroClio will be hosting an eTwinning Seminar as part of its cooperation with Europeana.

On 14 May 2018 at 17:00 CET, Helen Snelson (Editor of Historiana’s Teaching and Learning section) and Steven Stegers (Acting Executive Director) will provide an eTwinning Seminar that you can join for free.

Click here to find out more information about the eTwinning seminar and how to join your peers online!

Public Consultation on Europeana

EuroClio Opportunities, Partners ,

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to hear opinions from culture, education, research and creative sectors, as well as citizens from across Members States regarding Europeana. The Commission would particularly like to hear the experiences and expectations of those who have already used (or could benefit from using) Europeana as a platform for sharing or re-using cultural heritage material. EuroClio would thus like to extend the opportunity the wide network of committed educators, researchers, and others in the field of culture, in order to get the most relevant feedback.

The Europeana Foundation is committed to facilitating and promoting access to digital cultural heritage for a variety of audiences and users, including those in the education sphere. The wide access to open-source material provided through the Europeana website can prove invaluable to educators, students, and interested members of the public. The Europeana Collections site provides a platform through which access to a to over 53 million items, (including image, text, sound, video and 3D material) from the collections of over 3,700 libraries, archives, museums, galleries and audio-visual collections across Europe is facilitated in a simple and user-friendly manner.

EuroClio and Europeana thus complement each other through the former’s focus on promoting innovative and responsible history education, and the latter’s facilitation of access to digital heritage resources. The relationship between the two organisations looks to contribute to the free and open-access availability of materials for history education, ultimately allowing for the promotion of a more multi-perspective and innovative approach to teaching and learning about the past. The two organisations have worked closely together in the past and continue to collaborate on projects to optimise their relationship and shared goals. This includes the development of Historiana – a resource for the creation and sharing of open, cross-border educational resources which was recently awarded as the best practice in Innovative and Educational Pedagogy at the 2017 Lifelong Learning Awards.

EuroClio is thus appealing to the wide range of educators and researchers we work with to respond to this consultation (available in all EU languages) before the 14th of January 2018 in order to contribute to the future development of Europeana. The more input from those “on the ground” so to speak, using the materials and resources in an everyday context, the more likely it is that Europeana can continue to develop as a user-friendly and fit-for-purpose mechanism, and so it would be of great use if you could also share the link among your network with anyone you think would be interested in sharing their opinion.