Why are we doing this?

History isn’t just about the objects in a museum or the accounts in a book, it’s about your untold stories – and we want to hear them!

In 2014, the world will celebrate the 25th anniversary of an extraordinary year – 1989 – when walls crumbled and people of Europe were united again.

Your stories, memories and personal experiences can help others to better understand what it was like and to see events from a different perspective. So contribute now!

How can I contribute my history?

Go to www.europeana1989.eu and add your memories online.

Or come to our collection day events where our project staff will preserve your items and the stories that go with them for future generations.

About the project

The 1989 project aims to create a vivid and complete picture of the revolutionary events in Europe with stories, photos, videos and sound recordings from every country affected.

The result will be a fascinating archive that can be explored for work, learning or pleasure.

The 1989 project is part of something much bigger – Europeana, Europe’s digital library, museum and archive. At Europeana, we believe in making history and culture openly accessible to everybody, everywhere, and we work to create new ways for people to engage with their cultural history.

To explore Europeana, go to our website: www.europeana.eu or for information on the behind-the-scenes work that goes into Europeana, visit http://pro.europeana.eu/web/europeana-1989


Image Credits

  • Hungary: Urban Tamas/OSA
  • Germany: Jürgen Lottenburger, Gabriele Greaney, Carmen Plechschmidt, CC-BY-NC-ND, Wir waren so frei/SDK
  • Germany: Archiv Bürgerbewegung Leipzig/ABL
  • Germany: Frank Drauschke/Facts & Files
  • Lithuania: Z. Kazenas/LNB
  • Poland: NSZZ Solidarność

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