Europeana launches new project on sports heritage

Explore Europe's sport history though photo's and quirky objects during Europeana's Sports Season. Image: Archief Eemland/Europeana (CC BY-NC-ND)

As the European Football Championships are well underway and the Olympic Games start in July, the cultural heritage sector can not stay behind celebrating to return of sports. That is why Europeana Pro launched their so-called “Sports Season” on 9 June. The digital heritage platform aims to show the story of European sports heritage in the past and present. 

The initiative explores how sport shapes Europeans sense of self and community, according to a Europeana Pro press release. Europeana Pro’s Sports Season will feature a diverse collection of cultural heritage objects that show the geographic and cultural diversity of Europe. “Because sport is so much more than exercise – it’s teamwork, it’s cooperation, it’s nationhood, it’s shared experiences, shared successes and failures”, the press release reads. “It’s an integral part of our cultural heritage.”

Sport history

The Sports Season is a digital storytelling project about sport heritage. The tales revolve around remarkable cultural heritage objects, such as the Olympic Mascots. A series of blog posts features famous and less famous athletes, sports clubs, stadiums and everything that has to do with the theme. 

Three Olympic mascots over the years from left to right: Vučko (Winter Olympics Sarajevo 1984), Misha (Olympics Moscow 1980) and Gliz (Winter Olympics Turin 2006). Image: Europeana Pro (all parts CC BY)

As history is being made right now at the EURO2020 tournament, Europeana invites users to share their favourite sporting memory. To get you going, you can take a look at the wide variety of blogs, online collections and galleries Europeana made available on their website.

Source: Europeana Collections and Europeana Pro

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