June 24, 2019

National Library of the Netherlands, celebrates International Migrants Day

The Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the National Library of the Netherlands, celebrates International Migrants Day by collecting family migration stories in The Hague.

European Year of Cultural Heritage project on migration culminates in the Netherlands at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (the National Library of the Netherlands) on International Migrants Day, 18 December 2018.

The Hague, 10 December 2018 – 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage, and the Europe we live in today is the result of migration, as generation after generation of people have spread across the continent and carried their ideas with them. To celebrate this occasion, The National Library of the Netherlands is working in partnership with Europeana, the European digital platform for cultural heritage, and migration museums across Europe, to invite people young and old, to share the objects that help them tell their own stories of migration.

 A special event to celebrate International Migrants Day will take place on 18 December at The Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague.

 ‘Everybody has a story to tell about their origins and the moments that shaped their lives. Europeana is excited to work with The National Library of the Netherlands to encourage people to share those stories and the objects that tell them, and to help us bring them together online. In that way, we can celebrate the diversity and richness of the cultural heritage that is being passed on generation after generation, all over Europe,’ says Harry Verwayen, Executive Director at Europeana Foundation.

A special event celebrating Europe’s rich cultural identity

In 2018, the European Year of Cultural Heritage, Europeana have been working with cultural heritage institutions and people from across Europe to collect stories that document how our continent has been influenced and shaped by migration. These stories cover a wide variety of topics: love, education, war, persecution, cuisine, sports, weather and more, and convey as much happiness, love and life as sadness, war and tragedy.

This special event offers members of the public the opportunity to share their migration story, as well as enjoy performances of music, hear migration stories and engage with an expert panel discussion on migration. During the day, an exclusive photo exhibition showing portraits of students from the Foundation for Refugee Students (UAF) will be on display.

To reserve your place, visit: pro.europeana.eu/event/migration-stories-and-objects-collection-day-den-haag

The Koninklijke Bibliotheek invites all visitors to share their family objects and stories to help build this online collection showcasing Europe’s rich history of migration.

European Year of Cultural Heritage

Europeana is a partner to the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. Throughout the year, European will run a series of collection day events in partnership with museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual collections across Europe to build a new online collection that will showcase how the flow of people and ideas has contributed to the richness of Europe’s culture today. If people cannot attend the events they will be able to contribute at migration.europeana.eu/share



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