History Goes Digital

The idea to build Historiana started in 2007 when Joke van der Leeuw-Roord (Executive Director of EUROCLIO – European Association of History Educators) and Richard Hermans (Director of the Netherlands Institute of Heritage) discussed alternatives to the idea of a European History Textbook.


  • In 2007 Joke van der Leeuw-Roord and Richard Hermans meet and agree to seek an online alternative to the idea of a European History Textbook. The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science grants 50.000 euro to explore this further.
  • In 2008 the Advisory Groups meets for the first time and supports the idea and opts for a thematic approach is adopted. The Exploring European History and Heritage project proposal is granted by the European Commission as part of the Lifelong Learning Programme
  • In 2009 Historiana (suggested by Jonathan Even-Zohar and Steven Stegers) is chosen as name for the programme. Contributors and editors meet for the first time in Berlin and start the development of material for Historiana. Bob Stradling agrees to become Editor-in-Chief of Historiana. Mire Mladenovski improves the visualization of how the Historiana website could look like.
  • In 2010 the first case studies for the Historiana theme People on the Move are developed within the project Discovering Diversity. The structure of key questions for case studies is adopted.
  • In 2011Nique Sanders presents the logo of Historiana and first webdesign. Historiana receives the World Aware Education Award 2011 by the Council of Europe North South Center.
  • In 2012 the decision is made to use Historiana as dissemination tool for all projects that are coordinated by EUROCLIO. Piloting starts. People from more than 30 countries are involved in the development and testing of material for Historiana. Historiana is launched during the Global Education Congress 2012

Europe for Citizens ProgrammeHistoriana is developed by EUROCLIO and partners with the support of the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. EUROCLIO has tried to contact all copyright holders of material published on Historiana, please contact copyright@historiana.eu in case copyright material has been unrighfully used.