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The House of European History is a museum for everyone, be they from Brussels or Budapest, Ghent or Gdańsk. Reaching out to people and communities both near and far is a vital aspect of the museum’s activities. We do this through specific projects and online link-ups with events and partner institutions across Europe and focused outreach work with diverse groups in our immediate neighbourhood and region.

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Public History as the New Citizen Science of the Past

Breda University of Applied Sciences, Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History, Pädagogische ...

Public History as the New Citizen Science of the Past (PHACS) develops public history and participatory models for interpreting the past. PHACS facilitates interactions between academics, cultural institutions, groups, associations and the general public. The goal is to democratise not only access, but also the ‘production’ of history.

This project tackles a number of questions that are essential for the House of European History team’s work. How do we accommodate multiple and...

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Creating a multi-voiced history of waste: participation of experts in the field

Bruxelles Propreté , Bruxelles Ville – Travaux de Voirie / Cellule Propreté Publique, Les Petits Riens , R ...

How can we tell the history of waste without first understanding the situation today? How can we talk about waste without talking about the people who deal with it? How can you create an exhibition about rubbish without consulting the real experts? The communities in charge of waste management and reduction in Brussels opened their doors to us and shared their knowledge.

In 2020, the House of European History started to develop a temporary exhibition that...

Representatives from museums on staircase for Rubbish project

Museums Explore History of Rubbish in Europe

Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art , Celje Museum of Recent History , Estonian National Museum, Ett ...

Why should museums talk about rubbish? A topic that is by definition marginalised as it concerns what we dispose of and do not want to look at anymore, waste has become a central issue of our time. As places for learning, reflection and debate, connecting objects and stories across time, museums are uniquely positioned to expose the topic.