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Europeana Migration

Looking at migration to and from Europe historically, Europeana aims to show that the geographical moving of people makes culture richer. 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 and enriches our everyday lives in many ways.

Throughout 2018, the European Year of Cultural Heritage, Europeana will run a series of collection days and events involving museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual collections across Europe that specialise in or are interested in the theme of migration.

As a cultural heritage institution, you can invite people young and old to join in both online - by contributing to and exploring a new migration collection on the Europeana Collections website - and in the real world - by participating at museum events where they can add their personal migration stories, with material such as pictures, diaries, videos and letters, to the collection.

Contribute your content

If you represent a cultural heritage institution with collections that relate to the theme of migration, we'd love to hear from you.

What content are we looking for?
We're looking for documentary evidence, material culture and personal stories reflecting migration movements in Europe over many centuries, as well as how these have affected the arts and sciences.

Five reasons to get involved:

  • To be part of the Europeana Migration campaign, a key element of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage
  • To join a unique, multilingual digital resource where thousands of cultural institutions – from regional archives to national museums – share their collections
  • To bring your content to new audiences: individuals and professionals who can discover, research, share and enjoy Europe’s wealth of digital cultural resources
  • To showcase collections in blogs, galleries, online exhibitions and social media to reach millions of citizens across Europe
  • To see your collections reused within research, education and the creative industries

Host a collection day 

The goal of the Europeana Migration Collection Days is to collect stories and material relating to migration and family history. Collection Days will take place in partner museums and other cultural heritage institutions and are an opportunity for the public to share their own individual or family migration stories. See what's already been contributed.

How Europeana can help with your Collection Day:

  • We'll give you the opportunity to be part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, and a major pan-European campaign
  • We'll provide expertise and knowledge of running Collection Day events, including an online tool for capturing data with how-to tutorials 
  • We'll give you press and marketing material templates
  • We'll help provide visibility for your collections/organisation
  • You'll be connected to our network of 3,500 cultural heritage institutions

If you are interested in running your own Collection Day event to digitise and add material for Europeana Migration, you can find help and advice on how to do that in the following documents (more will follow soon).

Europeana Migration Collection Days are based on the Oxford Community Collection Model.

data publication services

Whether you're new to Europeana or an established data partner, we'll help you make your data work harder and do more for your organization and audiences.

Learn more

Contribute your collections on Europe’s migration heritage

Europeana is building up a new thematic collection dedicated to migration to, from, and within Europe. Learn more and get involved!

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Europeana Collection Days ABC

Open folder


Migration communications toolkit

Open folder

Working with Wikimedia

Supporting the current Europeana Migration campaign, we are offering dedicated resources to partner institutions wishing to integrate a Wikimedia component into their work. Find out more about the kinds of activities.

Next event

Europeana Migration Collection Day, Riga

Gezin met 10 kinderen gaan emigreren

Gooi en Vecht Historisch


9 — 10 November 2018
10:00 — 18:00 Latvian National Library

Europeana Migration Collection Day, Riga

Europeana and National Library of Latvia with partners and Latvian Museum of Emigration are inviting communities from Riga and beyond to this event to share their personal migration stories - and objects such as pictures, diaries, videos and letters - to our migration collection.

Upcoming Events


  • 9-10 November 2018, National Library of Latvia, Riga, Latvia (with partners and Latvian Museum of Emigration)
  • 10 November 2018, National Library of Greece, Athens, Greece (with partners Music Library of Greece)
  • 24-25 November 2018, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Dublin, Ireland
  • 27 November 2018, Community House Eton Rd., Newport, Wales (with partners People's Collection Wales and National Library of Wales)
  • 30 November 2018, The Hunt Museum, Limerick, Ireland


  • 1-2 December 2018, The Hunt Museum, Limerick, Ireland
  • 18 December 2018, National Library of the Netherlands, The Hague, Netherlands

*Some events and dates subject to final confirmation.


  • 15-17 March 2018, House of European History, Brussels, Belgium 
  • 10-11 May 2018, Hungarian National Museum, Budapest, Hungary (and partners: REACH project partners, National Archives of Hungary)
  • 25-26 May 2018, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Dublin, Ireland
  • 23 June 2018, Instituto Cervantes Library, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 6-7 July 2018, Cardiff, Wales (and partners: National Library of Wales, Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Wikimedia UK)
  • 13-14 July 2018, University Library Lucian Blaga, Sibiu, Romania (in partnership with Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Romanian Academy)
  • 18-19 August 2018, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Dublin, Ireland
  • 12 September 2018, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies in cooperation with Croatian Heritage Foundation, Zagreb Croatia (and partners: Croatian Ministry of Culture, Croatian Radio Television)
  • 12 October 2018, Museo della Grafica, Pisa (organised by KU Leuven and Photoconsortium)
  • 19-20 October 2018, National Library of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia
  • 21 October 2018, National Day of Genealogy and Local History, Centre Culturel „An der Eech“, Leudelange, Luxembourg (organised by Centre de documentation sur les migrations humaines)