Libraries are widely appreciated as stewards of local history and repositories of community’s collective memory but engaging communities with these collections and their local story has become an equally important role for libraries and other cultural institutions.

The IFLA Local History and Genealogy Section is hosting a webinar on 23 November 2021.  In this webinar, you can hear about ‘Brama’s Grodzka – Teatr NN’ work focusing on the history of Lublin, especially on its Jewish district which was completely destroyed during World War II.

Using archival materials, photographs and recorded oral histories and also advanced technical methods, the institution restores the knowledge of the forgotten heritage for the contemporary inhabitants of the city in innovative and engaging ways.

Meanwhile, the Europeana 1914-1918 roadshows in Romania managed not only to collect from Romanian public documents, stories, photos and all kind of memorabilia from World War One’s time, but to also successfully engage diverse categories of public.

Europeana Migration, another successful crowdsourcing project run by Europeana and its partners focused on gathering personal migration stories and associated objects such as pictures, diaries, videos or letters. These stories are part of Europe’s rich and shared history of migration and are recorded for the future.

In this webinar we shall also hear about the Europeana Migration Campaign in Serbia.


  • Cristina Roiu – Head International Marketing Department, Romanian Academy Library,
    Member- Steering Group; Europeana Communicators Community; Local History and Genealogy Section Standing Committee Member
  • Emil Majuk – Curator, Tadeusz Przystojecki -genealogist: Brama Grodzka- Teatr NN, Lublin Poland
  • Tamara Butigan – Head of Digital Library Department, National Library of Serbia , Europeana Network Association Councillor