Typography, common cultural heritage, September 2001
As part of its educational activities, the Museum participated in the celebration of the European Days of Cultural Heritage in 2001, organised annually by the Ministry of Culture. The three-day event took place at the CTC-IMH (21-23/9/2001) and was entitled “Typography, common cultural heritage”.
The aim of the event was to familiarise primary school pupils with the significant typographic and publishing tradition of Hermoupolis, as well as typographic techniques, through the demonstration of the use of a restored typographic press from the Museum collection. An additional aim of the event was to connect the past with the present-day typography in Syros, through the meeting of old and young typographers.
During the event, various examples of typography and lithography from Syros (invoices, letterhead, labels, books and newspapers) were displayed to visitors.
The Albion-style, manually-operated level plate press (1875), one of the most important samples of the typographic machines collection of the Museum, had been restored and was operated for educational purposes. A demonstration of its operation was performed by printing out souvenirs of the event that were distributed amongst pupils and visitors.
The event was free and open to the public.