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Explore hand-crafted written materials from papyrus to paper. Discover texts, illuminations and the people behind them from antiquity to the early print era.

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Humans have always moved from one place to another. Discover the stories of famous migrants and the journeys and lives of ordinary people to, from and within Europe.

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a black and white photograph of a man sitting behind a loom-like device that has multiple threads coming down into the spine of a book. The man is in the process of threading a new page through the threads to add to the book.

Heritage showing how artisans and crafters have shaped and remade culture through the ages

Find your crayons! Sharpen your coloured pencils! And enjoy adding colours in one of the books we have prepared for you.

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Images of Manhattan, New York, the USA, across the ages.

This gallery of photographs reflects the rich heritage and traditions of Romani people living across Europe, as well as reflecting the stigma, discrimination and misrepresentation faced by these communities.

Collection of photos selected by students and teachers participating in the European School Club "(Re)Discovering our cultural and sustainable heritage" of the 1st Experimental Junior High school of Syros, in connection with the European eTwinni…

Beloved in Japan, and found in many countries across Europe, the cherry tree welcomes spring with its bright and beautiful blossoms

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Recent items

Chester Beatty Library

Spyros Papaloukas

Ίδρυμα Εικαστικών Τεχνών & Μουσικής Βασίλη και Μαρίνας Θεοχαράκη

Vlaanderen, Jan Willem, (1800-1872), (artist)

Leiden University Libraries