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EUSTORY Summit 2017 Workshop Results

Europe on Display: Build your House of European History

How does Europe’s diverse past fit into one single museum and which are the main processes and phenomena that have united and divided Europeans through time? How does memory shape different visions of the past? And what can history tell us when we look ahead? Participants of the workshop took part in the challenging process of building a museum of Europe’s past and investigated how history and politics are intertwined.

The participants brought images and photos with them to Berlin representing those parts of Europe’s history that are crucial to them. During the Summit they combined their images and created a paper cut animation movie, which they showed and commented during the closing event on the 9th of October. Find the full animation and a short making-of-video below that shows how this ambitious project came to life!

I landed in Berlin without any document. This is amazing if you consider that when my parents were young, they needed a visa to visit Germany. We are lucky that we live in this period of time, but we need to protect what we have!

Workshop participant Leonardo from Italy

“The House of European History strives to be a reservoir of European memory and asks the following questions through its exhibitions: How does memory shape different visions of the past? Can we say that we have a shared European past, when history has affected people differently?” explains workshop leader Blandine Smilansky.
Read the full interview with Blandine Smilansky, educator at the House of European History in Brussels

Workshop Partner

The House of European History in Brussels is a place to debate, question and reflect on Europe’s history. It was initiated by the European Parliament and opened its doors in May 2017. It aims at creating a reservoir of European memory in order to understand the shared past and diverse experiences of European People.
Further Information:
Workshop leaders: Blandine Smilansky and Laure Goemans, members of the House of European History education team

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