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    Willy Wonka in Szerencs

    The favourite dessert of us all, the chocolate stands in the focus of our weekly exhibition. One of the most beloved sweets got into Europe from the land of the Aztecs just a couple of centuries ago. It is the trump ace at celebrations; normally the birthday cake also contains it, Santa Claus and the Easter Rabbit also bring chocolates in their own shapes, and its mass gets the heart form on Valentin’s Day.

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    What he fought against became his destiny

    The most respectful Hungarian medical university is named after Semmelweis. His birthday is the feast of medical workers, and his name became well known as the saviour of mothers. What kind of man was he? A hardheaded one. He collected a lot of enemies in the medical society with his persistent stubbornness, but it could not happen otherwise. In a period, when a good doctor was recognized by the smell of corpses remotely, he pestered the venerable doctors with sanitary regulations. On the occasion of his 200th birth anniversary, we are looking into his tragic walk of life and the story of the Hungarian medicine.

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    They used to rush on me with stones, now with flowers- Artúr Görgei

    Was he a traitor? A living martyr? A strategist? A scientist? Almost all of these. Artúr Görgei’s assessment still induces debates, but during his life, all of the above-mentioned attributes were hung on him. Although it is a fact, that Görgei – who was born 200 years ago – became famous or rather infamous due to the surrender at Világos. In our current compilation, we are searching for an answer for the question: Who was he? What motivated him in getting rid of the ‘y’ ending in his name, which indicated his noble origin? How did he live with the thought of being sentenced to life?

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    Marlboro Man in the Eastern Bloc

    Inhaling the smoke of tobacco leaves, which is often mentioned as ‘brown gold’, has a cultural history of about 5-7000 years. Smoke can be made by a pipe, a cigar, a cigarette or a nargile, but people consume tobacco in the form of taking snuff or maccabaw and chewing quid as well. How did smoking become an inevitable part of our cultural history? How did Hungary ascend to the top of tobacco industry and how did it vanish slowly? This short resume about the history of smoking is going to shed light on the questions.

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    A unique liqueur and family story

    The family Zwack has been leading their factory for the past six generations, not counting the period of nationalization. Their name and lives welded with Unicum. A secret recipe, positive thinking, some good luck and venturesome spirit. Is that all their secret? Our current collection reveals it.

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Virtual exhibitions

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Besides searching and browsing digitized cultural contents, visitors can view thematic virtual exhibitions from the records of MaNDA’s database, which are widened weekly. Our aim with the exhibitions is to introduce the cultural contents of the database in a new context, in a way that they would never be in the same virtual room otherwise, due to their spatial, legal or formal features. You can see our former exhibitions under this menu.

Establishment of Europeana

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During the period of the Swedish EU presidency in April 2001 in Lund, representatives of the then 15 Member States formulated their demand that a breakthrough in the field of cultural digitisation was necessary. One of their most important issues was that a cooperative forum should be created in order to put cultural digitisation in the European dimension and the accessibility and visibility of the European digital cultural heritage must be promoted.