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).]]>
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.
Event poster (only in Greek).]]>
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.]]>
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.]]>
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.
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.]]>