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    Greetings from the „Calvinist Rome”!

    “I do not know the circumstances that led to the establishment of Debrecen, but I cannot explain what could have induced thirty thousand people to choose a dwelling place where they have no springs, no rivers, no fuels and no building materials… ”The famous Englishman of the 18th century, traveller and natural scientist Robert Townson (1762–1827) put his impressions on paper during his European tour of Debrecen. His sentences are particularly interesting in light of the fact that the settlement was already known as a very rich city at that time. This week we will recall the glorious past of Debrecen with a virtual walk.

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    World war pictures from the archive

    The artefacts of wars of ancient times will all get into museums once. Photos will as well as guns. At least most of them certainly will. But is it possible that one day the war itself, with all its means of warfare, will remain only a museum relic? While there are signs that humanity can learn from history, this learning does not seem to be commeasurable on a world scale.

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    On Thonet chairs – the triumph of panel-mounted furniture

    The appearance of panel-mounted furniture has revolutionised the furniture trade. Something similarly grandiose was achieved by furniture manufacturing “Ford”, Michael Thonet, with his pieces of furniture made on a conveyor belt. His world-famous chairs were light, inexpensive, and very appealing pieces, as they also proved to be easy to assemble and solid, they became very popular not only in homes but also in coffee houses. This week, we invite you to a brief look into the history of furniture, for which we primarily used the interiors of cafés.

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    Perspectives in space and time – panoramas from the past

    Panorama-type depictions were made formerly as well, but the word „panorama” has been known since the 18th century, when – mostly initially – it was the name of cycloramas. The wide range of vision and perspectives have key importance not only in case of creating a panorama view or panorama photos. Far-seeing, perspectival thinking is a characteristic of strategic planning, and the way of thinking of successful entrepreneurs and strategists. Thus, it is related to tactical operations as well. It is not a coincidence that fortresses that were important in military and tactical aspects were built on top of elevations, which made the observation of the surrounding landscape possible.

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    History of an ironmonger family

    The former building of the ironware store is still one of the most beautiful apartment palaces of Üllői Road, but you can hardly notice it when walking in the street. You can see an inscription on top of the house “Heinrich Court” and a neon sign “Ironware”, which preserve the past of the commercial house as a memento.  This week, the family Heinrich’s story revives, which is actually the chronicle of a firm that prospered during five generations.

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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.