The House of European History

Taja Vovk van Gaal
Director of the Academic Project Team

Christine Dupont
Historian to the Academic Project Team

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Ingår i: Entering the Minefields: The Creation of New History Museums in Europe: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past; and the European Citizen; Brussels 25 January 2012

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 83:8, s. 43-53

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Publicerad: 2013-02-11


ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


At the end of 2015; the House of European History (HEH) will open its doors in Brussels. The paper describes the genesis and the development of this museum initiative launched and supported by the European Parliament. It discusses the challenges the project has to meet. How to combine sometimes diverging political; historical and museological agendas? How to face legitimate questions about the budget; the contents; the concerns about political intervention? How to involve the visitor? How to deal with complicated issues in 24 languages? How to develop a balanced and critical narrative about the history of Europe? These are the challenges the HEH has to face in order to become a place of meeting; discussion and debate around the complex but fascinating history of Europe.


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