Focusing on young users to highlight, promote and show the history and culture of Europe, our joint European Heritage

In 2021, the European Digital Treasures project announced a competition for high school students based in Norway, Malta, Hungary, Portugal, Austria and Spain, to participate in a multimedia contest called "Young Digital Treasures".

The objective of the call was to make a free interpretation of one of the 60 archival documents about the Construction of Europe based on the digital catalogue (Find here: and exhibit this interpretation through words and images in a digital format. The ultimate objective is to build European identity to bring young people closer to the knowledge of the historical roots of Europe, of what unites our values and us.

The 15 best storytellers selected by the jury received the prize to be part of an international archival camp in Budapest, Hungary from the 3rd to the 9th of July 2022. The palace of the National Archives of Hungary in the Castle District of Budapest hosted the youth camp.


Through the archival camp, the selected students participated in a professional archival program. During the morning sessions they presented their successful winning projects with an explanation of why they choose the archival document their worked with and in their perspective why the document they chose play a key role in a shaping European identity. The winning projects you can see on this link:

The participants through this very special and networking 5 day event enjoyed the highlights of Budapest by visiting the Hungarian Parliament, the Hungarian Open Air Museum in Szentendre and the European Digital Treasures archival exhibition at the Castle Garden. The Archival palace on Bécsi kapu square hosted different workshops connected to archival work such as conservation and storage. The students got to learn about the special features of the archival building through a treasure hunt competition where they could explore the history of the seccos, learn about Hungarian inventions and even got the chance to peek inside some of the secret spots of the palace.  One of the most important program of the camp was to create and bury a time capsule, which the participants have promised to visit in 50 years’ time.

This camp for a great opportunity to young treasurers not just to visit the beautiful city of Budapest but to experience the Hungarian culture, history and the archival work in Hungary whilst learning about European roots through different nations youngsters perspective.


Written by: Anna Palcsó, Public Education Officer, National Archives of Hungary


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