Wall charts, history and European Identity

EU Culture Programme; Education and Culture DG

Welcome to the historic wall chart website

This website presents the historical wall charts from the collections of the Denmark’s Paedagogiske Bibliothek (National Library of Education, Denmark) the Forschungsstelle: Schulwandbild, department of the University of Würzburg (Germany) and the Nationaal Onderwijsmuseum in Rotterdam (National Museum of Education, the Netherlands).                        

The website provides information on all the presented wall charts, such as the story and location of the depicted scenes. Furthermore, information on the time the wall charts were printed and used at school is given, in addition to information on the illustrator etc.

This website is part of an international project on wall charts and European identity. The entire project is realised with support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. Learn more »

Spotlight

Old Nordic and Germanic gravesites

This big chart shows seven different types of graves from different historical periods in seven times three columns. (On the left and on the right: tools, pottery and jewelry; in the centre: depictions of graves). 1. “Old Nordic megalithic tomb of the Young Stone Age (3000 B.C.)” You can see megalithic tombs made of huge blocks of stone, a passage tomb in the foreground and a smaller dolmen in the background. 2. “Barrow of Leuningen”. Early Bronze Age. First half of 2nd Millennium B.C.” Prehistoric graves were constructed by heaping up stones or earth. You can see an artificially decorated roof heaped up with lots of stones and earth. 3. “Tree Trunk Coffin from Jutland. Middle Bronze Age. Midst of 2nd Millennium B.C.” The tree trunk coffin a lengthwise split and caved tree trunk can already be found in the early Stone Age but mainly appears in the Early European Bronze Age. 4. “The royal tom of Seddin. Late Bronze Age around 800 B.C.” This barrow has a diameter of 85m and his 10 meters high. 5. “Ashes graves of the Iron Age. 800-500 A.C.” 6. “Tomb of Leuna. Early Iron Age around 300. A.C.” In this field of inhumations graves you can see skeletons and jars of silver, bronze and glass. 7. “Oseberg-grave. Finland. Viking-Age. Around 900 A.C.“ The Oseberg-ship, the grave of a Norwegian princess was discovered in 1903. You can see grave goods as tools, artificially carved carriages and slides in the right column of the picture.

Spotlight

Top 10

  • Luther´s posting of his theses in Wittenberg
  • The body of Charles the Bold, frozen in the mud, is found (1477)
  • The five races of mankind
  • Ter Kruisvaart
  • A medieval market
  • German Yeomanries are fighting for their independence
  • Aan het hof van Karel den Grooten
  • Ludger predikt in de Groninger Gouwen, 785
  • Luther op de Rijksdag te Worms, 1521