Conference: Europeana Collections 1914-1918 – Rediscovering the war experience
Dates: 3rd and 4th April 2014
Venue: Petit Auditorium, Bibliothèque nationale de France, François-Mitterrand site, 75013 Paris
Registration: Registration to the conference is free but mandatory via Eventbrite until 23rd March 2014.
Translation will be made available from English to French and French to English.
As 2014 marks the commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War, the Europeana Collections 1914-1918 project presents the result of the cooperation between 8 European countries, making over 400,000 rare documents available online: books, newspapers, maps, trench journals, photographs, posters, manuscripts, song lyrics, etc.
This digital library on the First World War gives access to the general public, as well as historians and researchers, to a collection of documents from 12 European cultural institutions, presenting a rich vision of life at the front but also in the rear echelons.
In France, the Bibliothèque nationale de France contributes together with the Bibliothèque de documentation internationale et contemporaine (BDIC), the Service historique du ministère de la Défense (French Ministry of Defence), the Bibliothèque historique de la Ville de Paris, the Bibliothèque de l’Hôtel de Ville (Paris) and the Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire de Strasbourg.
The conference Rediscovering the war experience will present this digital corpus by illustrating relevant historiographical themes through various countries impacted by WWI, and questioning how History was written from different angles. It will also inform on the several digital resources, from the Great War portal to the virtual exhibition, together with educational contents.This conference takes place shortly after the opening of the exhibition of national commemoration at BnF, Summer 1914 – The last days of the old world.