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(Greek) Mηχανουροί & Μηχανουργεία της Σύρου

Sea adventures at the Museum

The Museum has begun a series of movie screenings referring to the cultural issues it deals with. The first part of the screenings, entitled “Sea adventures at the Museum”, took place on the 10th and 11th of November 2009. Old sailboats and steamships, with stokers quickly shoveling coal were featured in the old movies we watched, while a thematic tour of the Museum’s exhibitions was arranged before the screenings.

Sea adventures at the Museum

The invisible children

The photographic exhibition lasted from April 30th to September 30th, 2009 and was based on material provided by the friends of the Museum.

The invisible children

The exhibition was a testament to the harsh living conditions and the unhealthy production environment in the factories of Hermoupolis during the interwar period. The Museum Oral History Archive contains rich material related to these issues.

Exhibition prints (only in Greek).

International Children Day

From December 10th-12th, 2008 in honour of the International Children Day, the Museum organised a series of events dedicated to all those who worked in the industrial sector of Syros from an early age, and to all the children working and studying today.

The stories of those who, albeit underage, worked in the once flourishing industrial sector of Syros, moved children and adults alike, as scenes of hard child labour of past decades unfolded before their eyes. The stories of Michael Pelekanos and Kostas Varveris, sampled from the Museum Oral History Archive, were read alongside those of others who wished to remain anonymous.

Research programme

Preliminary actions for the documentation of the industrial heritage in the Aegean, 2001-2004.

The CTC-IMH collaborated as a partner in the research programme “Preliminary actions for the documentation of the industrial heritage in the Aegean” of the Ministry of the Aegean, which was conducted by the INHR of the NHRF.

The programme’s main objectives were the documentation of the major historical industrial sites on the Aegean islands, the creation of an electronic database containing information about the sites, as well as the creation of a restoration and maintenance workshop for machinery and tools. This workshop was created in a section of the old Velissaropoulos textile factory. A petrol-powered engine was restored in the workshop during the course of the research programme.

Furniture memories in contemporary design

Exhibition of industrial designer Rosalia Ioannidou, August-September 2002.

The CTC-IMH opened its doors to a visiting exhibition for the first time, presenting work by the industrial designer Rosalia Ioannidou in an exhibition entitled “Furniture Memories in Contemporary Design”. The exhibition had a successful run between August and September 2002. Furniture manufactured in Syros by local craftsmen inspired new designs and forms, based on new technological possibilities and a modern aesthetic.


Reinforcement Programme of Human Research Manpower, 2001.

The CTC-IMH participated in the Reinforcement Programme of Human Research Manpower (PENED) of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology, as a partner-user within the framework of the research programme “Cultural technologies for the documentation, interpretation and museological use of industrial heritage”. More specifically, the Museum applied the findings of four PhDs centered around its collection. The PENED programme was implemented by the INHR of the NHRF, in collaboration with the University of the Aegean, under the scientific supervision of Christina Agriantoni.

European days of cultural heritage

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.