This week we found ourselves working in a slightly different space. For a few days, crews from Europeana, Facts & Files, and RunCoCo set up camp in the European Parliament in Brussels to run the ‘Shaping Europe’ event. Members of the European Parliament, commissioners, assistants, and anyone working in the building were invited to come along to see what we do and to share their stories, memories and objects from the First World War or 1989. Project staff from Europeana 1914-1918, Europeana 1989 and 89 Voices were on hand to record interviews and digitise matterial and, above all, talk about the work we have been doing over the last few years.
The ‘Shaping Europe’ event ended with a reception where participants were treated to brief presentations by, amongst others, Tibor Navracsics (European Commissioner for Culture, Education, Youth and Sport), Jill Cousins (Executive Director, Europeana), Frank Drauschke (Historian, Co-founder Facts & Files) and Patrick Lefèvre (Director General of the Royal Library of Belgium). After the presentations, visitors and speakers had a chance to mingle and talk to project staff, see the digitisation and interview areas and share their stories and material.