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Through the lens of...

A series of learning events organised by the House of European History in 2022

From the outset, there is not much in common between the Christmas truce in 1914 and unnoticed objects in museums. The same, of course, can be said about the Holocaust and the borders of Europe. Yet, these four fundamentally different subjects have all contributed, in their unique way, to the shaping of Europe and its societies as we know them today. They are all pieces of the same puzzle that the House of European History will bring to its visitors in 2022.

Approximately every two months, the museum will organise learning events exploring such widely diverse subjects that are inextricably linked to the continent’s history. The event series is entitled “Through the Lens of…”.

The event calendar below provides more info on subjects in focus and dates.

The storytellers

Eyewitnesses, historians, artists and activists from different domains will share their stories and points of view in the series. Together with them, participants in these events will explore and experience different topics on special days, festivals or commemorations.

A variety of learning formats will be utilised such as guest talks, digital exhibitions and oral testimony recording.

Different lenses because...

Different lenses with different focuses present different views. By fitting a variety of lenses on the camera with which the passage of time is observed, the participants will be able to capture the colourful moments in the flux of European history with fresh perspectives and insights.

The aim is to make every participant and attendee a co-curator to enrich the museum’s narrative. Their voices will be heard; their opinions respected. Most excitingly, their personal stories could be woven into the narrative of the House of European History.

Taking part in the events

During the ever-changing Covid-19 era, the museum has opened up multiple channels of contact and communication. Supported by the new digital infrastructure, we are attempting to erase the boundaries between the digital and the physical. All are hybrid events - they can be accessed online and onsite alike. No matter how one chooses to join — visiting the museum in person or connecting from the comfort of home — the museum staff will ensure that participant engagement is optimal and meaningful.

We will be disseminating more information on our social media platforms and will also launch individual programme webpages closer to event dates, providing more details on subject matter and participation.


  • 23 Jan 2022    Through the lens of Holocaust survivors - POSTPONED
  • 19 Feb 2022    Famine during war through the lens of historians
  • 08 May 2022   Europe through the lens of its young citizens
  • 04 Jun 2022     Through the lens of proud lovers since 1850
  • Oct 2022          European borders through the lens of travellers
  • Nov 2022         Forgotten objects through the lens of treasure hunters
  • Dec 2022         Human Rights through the lens of their advocates