piraeus bank group

Provision of Scientific Support to the Academic and Research Community

Production of research work

The production of research work constitutes the support basis of the threefold action of PIOP: Research, Exhibition, Publication. The work is designed along several scientific disciplines and holds the competitive advantage of the long, totally distinct and specialized experience of the Foundation in matters of specific research themes and the development of relative innovation.

The results of the research work are utilized in:

  • The creation of thematic technological museums.
  • The enrichment of the museums' collections.
  • The organizing of exhibitions.
  • The publication of studies, often setting the basis for bibliography.
  • The creation of tools for the promotion of local economies.
  • The digitization of scientific findings that contribute to the furtherance of research.
  • The contribution of the Foundation to national-scale interventions on behalf of Greece, in cooperation with esteemed institutions.

Regarding the themes of the research, emphasis is given on traditional technology, the management of the country’s natural resources, the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the recent past. During 2017, the following were realized:

  • Completion of a research program on the economic history of Thessaloniki. On the occasion of the centennial of the Great Thessaloniki Fire of 1917, the thematic objective of PIOP was to examine the social, productivity and urban planning parameters, and their interconnection, which defined the reconstruction of Thessaloniki, with emphasis on its historical center.
  • Realization of a research program with the objective of recording the local dialect of Ioannina. This research program is part of the effort to connect the Museum of Silversmithing at Ioannina with the local community with the aim of promoting the region’s intangible cultural heritage.
  • Completion of the research program aiming at recording and mapping the cultural landscape of the Lake Stymphalia area for the period of the last 35 years.

The collaborations with third parties and the provision of scientific advisory support to national and public institutions, local authorities, educational units, Environmental Education Centers (EEC), young scientists, researchers and doctoral candidates upon request help the preparation of cultural actions and goods and reinforce projects related to the themes of PIOP.

A Library specialized in museum studies and the history of technology

With the aim of providing scientific support to the academic and research communities, PIOP created a library exclusively specialized in museum studies and history of technology, which offers researchers electronic access to its completed research findings below:
  • Information on technology through Archives and Libraries of Venice
  • The Technology of Greek Musical Instruments

Support of historical research

The Historical Archive operates with the same statutory objectives as those of the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, contributing to the Group’s corporate responsibility on issues of transparency and social influence. The Historical Archive of PIOP houses the archives of important Greek banks, which were absorbed by Piraeus Bank Group in the past, as well as archives of institutions and businesses that were connected with these Banks during their historical course. It holds 7 bank archives, 5 archives of state economic organizations, 55 archives of businesses, 4 private archives and 3 archives of collective bodies. The central question one could address to the sum of the material kept in PIOP’s HA regards the development of Greece during the 20th century, in the economy of the country as a whole and in its individual regions.

The aim of the Historical Archive’s operation is the development of an archival institution which operates with the highest organizational and operational standards, constantly accessible and inviting to multiple recipient groups, promoting the value of preserving the collective memory of society by utilizing the archival sources. Aiming to provide the best possible diffusion of public history and to enhance cultural history, the Historical Archive is not addressed only to the research and academic community but to the total of the educational and artistic community, the personnel of Piraeus Bank Group, the local communities and in particular to the wider public, providing integrated services and a multi-faceted range of events over the past four years. The actions held at the Historical Archive constitute it a key research point and aim to constantly place it on the cultural map of Athens. Indicatively, the beneficiaries from the operation of the Historical Archive during 2017 numbered 4,715 people (researchers and general public of various categories, according to the verification systems of reservations for the actions and of user satisfaction of the Archive).

Dissemination of Science and Knowledge

PIOP supports the research work of public organizations, local government agencies, local-social agencies, cultural agencies, young scientists and researchers by providing them with the knowledge it has acquired in culture topics. This support also includes cultural products, the organizing of actions, utilization of PIOP’s know-how on cultural management issues, and studies concerning its thematic actions. PIOP’s collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and with the Hellenic Section of The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage (TICCIH) is also of special significance.

The publication of work

Publications covering a wide range of research fields, such as the history of technology, industrial archaeology, museological studies, cultural landscapes, historical centers, intangible heritage and economic history, constitute a PIOP’s activity with defining importance. At the same time, PIOP’s publications support the character and actions of the thematic technological Museums' Network in particular, while they often stem from the Foundation's completed research programs, or/and from others that are in progress or are being presented to the research and general public.

They also include submitted research projects which are aligned with the above themes, with the provision that they are in line with the framework of the Foundation’s statutory goals. The appeal of PIOP’s publications in the scientific world is expressed by their selection as university textbooks, albeit the popularized publications still remain important. In 2017 the editorial work of the Foundation continued with 8 new publications.