Explore the emergence and development of European transnational infrastructures for transport, communication, knowledge and energy on the website inventingeurope.eu. Inventing Europe, European Digital Museum for Science and Technology invites visitors to explore European history.
Inventing Europe, European Digital Museum for Science and Technology
Explore the emergence and development of European transnational infrastructures for transport, communication, knowledge and energy on the website inventingeurope.eu. Inventing Europe, European Digital Museum for Science and Technology invites visitors to explore European history. They learn how people put technologies to use in their daily lives; how European infrastructures emerged; how rules and standards united and divided Europe; how communication changed Europe; how Europe and Europeans were shaped as they conquered and lost colonies, went to war and conducted business on a changing world stage; and how scientific experts were trained, where and how they met, and discovered the limits of science and technology.
The Inventing Europe website is a pioneering collaboration between historians and eleven cultural heritage institutions throughout Europe. Dutch partners are Museum Boerhaave (Leiden), Science Center NEMO (Amsterdam) and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Hilversum). Among the international partners are the Deutsches Museum (Germany), the Science Museum (United Kingdom), Norsk Teknisk Museum (Norway) and the European institute Europeana. Together the museum collections shape a transnational collective memory of Europe’s cultural heritage.
The goal of the website is to cross borders and explore the history, culture and formation of Europe through the lens of technological objects and images. The curators have woven together objects, images and stories into tours through history. The tours are collected within different exhibitions to explore and illustrate a broader theme. One of these exhibitions reveals the history of European infrastructures. The tours form the basis of the website. Each tour is a collection of five to six stories, based on the objects and images in the collections of the museum partners and other cultural heritage institutions. The tours highlight key aspects of the history of technology in Europe.
New history of Europe
The website is part of the ongoing research and dissemination program Making Europe. Technology and Transformations 1850-2000. This program aims at rewriting the history of Europe through the lens of technology and shows how engineers, companies and citizens started building a united Europe more than 150 years ago by circulating goods, people, energy, ideas, and information between countries. The program reveals the history of Europe that wasn’t shaped by political treaties, but through day-to-day practices of companies, consumers, and organizations via transnational networks and infrastructures.