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Europeana Migration – collaborative project focused on cultural heritage of migration

“At a time when the word ‘migrant’ is often accompanied by the word ‘crisis’, we at Europeana are focusing our 2018 activities on gathering and enriching Europe’s cultural heritage relating to migration in cooperation with museums and the people of Europe. Making Europe richer – From folklore and traditions to visual arts, our cultural heritage shows us that the Europe we inhabit today is the result of a flow of people and ideas, and that migration is woven through our everyday lives. As a pan-European campaign encouraging us all to think of migration differently, Europeana Migration will promote values of diversity and inclusivity: in looking at migration to and from Europe historically, we’ll show that how the geographical moving of people has made culture richer, and even more than that, that migration is intrinsic to what it means to be European. Our thematic collection, Europeana Migration, will bring together collections dedicated to the theme of migration to, from and within Europe. An alpha version is already online, gathering just under 200,000 objects from more than 750 museums, galleries, libraries, audio-visual archives and archives across Europe. Throughout 2018, our intention is to build this collection by improving and adding content from cultural heritage institutions across Europe. New content will be sourced and digitised via partners in the Migration in the arts and sciences project, dedicated migration museums, our network of existing Europeana data providers, and new providers. Does your organisation hold collections relating to migration? Read more on how you can contribute your collections!?

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