When six European nations embarked on the integration process in the wake of World War II, there was no blueprint. Of course, the founders had a vision and shared ideals, but European integration has left some citizens afraid of losing their identity and cultural heritage and an influx of immigrants has fuelled these fears. This panel brings together researchers who focus on different aspects of what happens to history and heritage in multicultural European societies and particularly those in the border regions over time. Seeking to boost social and cultural participation, new technologies are being used in innovated ways to communicate histories and memories to the public. Since these former mining regions (in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany) have coped with similar challenges from the decline of the mining industry and changing borders, this panel aims to help us understand what opportunities lie in engaging local communities in historical research and how this can contribute to creating a sense of shared European heritage and identity.