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    Beauty and beast, magic spaces, skulls and roses – The origin of ex libris theme world

    Beyond introducing blazons, landscapes, street views, interiors and style world of ancient ages, bookplates reflect their values, ideas and culture as well. Although the classification of the theme world of bookplates is not an easy task – because of their variety -, it is not an impossible mission. We are going to highlight some of them, along the definition of the main bookplate theme groups, and reveal the cultural background and historical origin hiding behind the imagery.
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    Tramway of Pécs

    The history of the public transport in Pécs reached an important milestone 105 years ago, because the first tram of the city was launched that day, and Pécs became the 29th city in the Monarchy, where tramway transport existed. In this week’s virtual conjuration of the past, we are going to introduce you the story and former routes of the tram of Pécs.
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    Behind the camera: Elemér Révhelyi

    Looking at Elemér Révhelyi’s photos, silhouettes of a varicoloured unique collection come up. His own photos are primarily related to buildings and cities designed by Jakab Fellner. However, his collection includes not only the Hungarian baroque architecture, but also well-known touristic sights of foreign cities. Our current virtual exhibition introduces ‘photographers’ of our database, first of all art historian Elemér Révhelyi. His heritage was placed in the Kuny Domokos Museum of Tata, according to his last will, and we would like to thank the Museum that they enriched our database.

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    Hungarian razzle music history

    This week, we are going on the razzle; that means we are evoking – with the aid of our database photos – how Hungarians enjoyed themselves in the past centuries, sometimes in delight, sometimes in sorrow. The Hungarian song and ‘gypsy music’ are almost synonyms, in addition, the most famous songwriters and musicians, virtuosos are gypsies. In our short music history, we are examining how this interaction developed, how the song become an entertaining genre – rooted in Hungarian folk music and heated by the romantic nationalism of the Reform Age.

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    Some like it hot – Coffee in black and white

    ’It is coffee that makes people’s day living around me nicer.’ Many of us feel the same way. In the latest decades, it became an essential motor of our modern world. It wakes you up in the morning, it shakes you up during the day, and you have it when chatting with old friends whom you have not seen for ages. It has very important social and economic roles, and its effects on health are researched in several aspects. But do you know it indeed?

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Virtual exhibitions

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


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.