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The House of European History is committed to disseminating European history knowledge and stirring public discussion on the enduring presence of the past in today's world.

Through the publications, visitors can discover insights into the museum workings, its philosophy and its content in a broader sense. In turn this extends the museum experience before and after an actual visit.

In this section you can explore the basics of the permanent exhibition in line with key developments in European history. Significant items in the exhibitions are explained through detailed descriptions and scholarly essays. 

We also provide a range of papers with contributions to debates and analysis on House of European History related topics.

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Between Authority and Dialogue: Challenges for the House of European History

On 4 May 2017, the House of European History (HEH) opened its doors to the public in the heart of the European quarter in Brussels. A great deal has already been written to describe this museum dedicated to the history of Europe and about the multiple challenges it faced and faces. However, nothing has yet been published about the way...Read more

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Shaping European Lives, Then and Now

The House of European History opened in Brussels in 2017. It takes a transnational approach to the history of Europe and in its narrative, the First World War, is presented as a conflict which changed subsequent European history and con-stitutes a fundamental part of European memory, albeit one which is viewed from a variety of different perspectives. The House of...Read more

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Democratic representation in a supranational setting : the case of the European Parliament (1979-2019)

As the European Parliament (EP) has progressively gained powers in the last decades, the life of the institution has been marked by growing complexity and the quest for increased legitimacy. The management of information has been crucial to both, flowing in a double direction: committee specialization and ever-growing public outreach. These underpin the EP’s efforts to make up for the...Read more

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Extending to Europe. The House of European History in Brussels

An ‘extended museum’– that is what the House of European History can be called in several respects. This article will discuss three main ideas related to this topic. First, how can the European nature of this museum be described? Second, how is it embedded in space, both in its local landscape and in the wider European geographical space? Third, how...Read more

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Constructing the House of European History

In her article, Andrea Mork, Chief Curator of the House of European History, explores the theoretical basis, leading ideas and main historical messages, which have been decisive for the permanent exhibition of the new museum. 

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Proposing a New European Narrative: The House of European History Project

In his chapter, Martí Grau Segú, Member of the Academic Project Team at the House of European History, explores “European history” as a story that enhances the role of the union between European people and societies, giving meaning to the idea of Europe as a historical object defined by common elements and not as a geographical location.Read more