... to rescue traditional technology and industrial legacy...
The Piraeus Bank Cultural Foundation (P.I.O.P.), consistent with its goal to rescue traditional technology and industrial legacy, has created a network of thematic museums intended to support regional cultural heritage and encourage tourism development in the periphery. Therefore, the thematic scope of each museum encompasses the technology and history associated with the local production activities which supported the regional economy in the past.
The Silk Museum at Soufli exhibits all the phases and stages of pre-industrial techniques by which silkworms were bred (sericulture) and silk was woven, from egg hatching and silk-worm rearing with mulberry leaves to the actual spinning of the silk cocoon, the “unwounding” of the valuable silk filaments and the actual processing of silk. It also deals with the socio-economic impact of those activities on the region that flourished as an important silk-production centre in Greece from the late part of the 19th century until mid 20th century.
The Open-Air Water Power Museum in Dimitsana highlights the importance of water-power in traditional societies, by presenting the basic pre-industrial techniques that use water as the main source of power for production. The restored complex of the water-power industrial installations in the valley of the River Lousios includes a flour-mill, a fulling-tab, a tannery and a powder mill.
The Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil in Sparta highlights the various economic, practical and symbolic aspects of the olive and the olive-oil since antiquity. Unique of its kind in Greece, the museum documents the evolution of the techniques for the production of olive oil in Greece from prehistoric times to the 20th century. (From November through March, students at the museum produce olive oil using a working replica of an olive press of the Hellenistic era).
The Museum of Olive-Oil Production in Lesvos, housed on the premises of the old communal oil-mill in Agia Paraskevi on the island of Lesvos, highlights the industrial phase of oil-production in Greece (introduction of steam-power and electric power). In the main building, the surviving old machinery is fully restored and exhibited in a unique manner put into use for a step-by-step demonstration of the production process. The former storage areas of the olive crop are used as auxiliary exhibition halls, focusing on the human element involved in the production of olive oil.
The Rooftile and Brickworks Museum N. & S. Tsalapatas in Volos is housed in the main building of the former Tsalapatas brick factory in Volos, which has been transformed into a “museum of itself”. The permanent exhibition highlights the stages of the production process, as well as daily activities within the factory, as part of the factory’s history and the overall development of brick and tile industry in Greece and elsewhere.
The Museum of Marble Crafts in Pyrgos, on the island of Tinos, showcases the technology of marble, a material that has held a special place in the architecture and art of Greece since antiquity, at the same time describing in detail the intricate meshing of the associated tools and techniques. The museum also projects the socio-economic environment in which the local workshops operated and evolved.
The Museum of the Environment in Stymfalia (Peloponnese) high lights
the decisive role that lakes have played in human development since pre hi -
storic times to this day.
The Chios Mastic Museum is located in Southern Chios, in the region of the Mastichochoria. The present act has as its object the elaboration of the museum shell and the surrounding area and the installation therein of a permanent exhibition and the complementary / auxiliary areas and services, as well as the information and publicity actions regarding this project. Read more here.
The Silversmithing Museum of Ioannina's objective is to preserve our knowledge of Epirote silversmithing and to disseminate information about its technology to the wider public. Also aims to to tie in this technology to the social context of the period during which it was developed and flourished. Read more here.