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New publication: Creating the House of European History

Creating the House of European History presents the long road towards the creation of our museum.

Forty authors describe in 44 papers this fascinating and complicated development process from very different professional and personal angles.

They recount ideas and challenges, ambitions and doubts, obstacles and solutions.

This book was published to mark the anniversary of opening of the House of European History, alongside the conference “Europe Exposed”.

It is divided in five parts as explained below. A printed version of the book is available for purchase in the shop of the House of European History. A digital will be available at a later date. A preview of the book can be downloaded here.

  • The first part, Process, reflects the organisational work behind the creation of a new museum under the auspices of the European Parliament.
  • The second part, Building, is dedicated to the history of the building and its renovation.
  • The third part, Content, is the most extensive, and presents the narrative of the exhibition and some of its key objects.
  • The fourth part, Production, highlights all the creative work behind the scenes before the opening of the museum, from the design to the translation of texts in 24 languages.
  • Finally, the fifth part, Outreach, concerns the preparatory work for communication, learning in the museum, and planning for temporary exhibitions.