The Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece - National Historical Museum (HESG/NHM), the Public Benefit Foundation "Maria Tsakos" - International Centre for Naval Research and Tradition and Piraeus Bank are pleased to announce that the floating exhibition of relics of the Museum’s Collection about the Greek Revolution of 1821, which was postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will take place this year, starting from the Port of Chios, on Sunday, June 26, 2022.
The exhibition is part of the versatile anniversary programme of the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece - National Historical Museum which commemorates 200 years since the beginning of the Greek Revolution, under the title "Revolution 21 Reframed: the Floating Exhibition".
The exhibition will sail to 20 ports of various Greek islands with the sailing educational vessel "Mania" offered kindly for this purpose by the Tsakos Enhanced Education Nautical School of the "Maria Tsakos" Public Benefit Foundation. The Exhibition will be sometimes accompanied by units of the Navy and the Coast Guard and a flotilla of private vessels.
For its part, Piraeus Bank, has integrated this original floating exhibition in its versatile anniversary programme "eleftheroi" [free], and supports the organisation and realisation of it, as well as the creation of the HESG/NHM commemorative medal.
The exhibition aims to highlight the naval part of the Greek Revolution of 1821, with authentic relics from the Museum's collections (e.g. the cross from the ship of Miaoulis, the grab from the torpedo boat of Kanaris, naval weapons, philhellenic objects dedicated to the naval struggle,. etc.) as well as with digital methods (for example: short videos, digital representations of naval battles, prints, etc.).
The narrative of the exhibition starts by describing the naval Greek tradition in the pre-revolutionary years and the first steps towards the creation of credible Greek units that could fight against the dominant Ottoman fleet. It will highlight the naval sites, historical islands, critical events and figures of the naval part of the Revolution and will conclude with historical documents that will encourage our visitors to reflect on the impact of the Navy for the Greek Nation nation and for Europe in general.
The naval sites that the Exhibition will visit include, apart from Chios (Chora and Kardamyla), Oinousses, Psara, Lesvos, Lemnos, Samothrace, Agios Efstratios, Skyros, Andros, Syros, Spetses, Hydra, Poros, Aegina. The exhibition will conclude in Piraeus. Residents and visitors from the above ports will have the opportunity to visit the Exhibition and to participate in related anniversary events, which will be organised by local organisations and Piraeus Bank.
The Exhibition, which will be open to the public, will be accompanied, not only by the Curators and Conservators of the National Historical Museum, but also by Mrs. Maria Efthymiou, Professor of the Department of History and Archaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, who kindly offered to give a series of lectures on the decisive contribution of the Navy to the successful outcome of the Greek War of Independence.
Even though the project of the floating exhibition is very original and innovative, it is not without precedent in the long history of the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece, which, in a similar way, collected, in the first years of its public presence in 1884, valuable relics that shaped the collections of the National Historical Museum.
The exhibition is complemented by a scholarly catalogue entitled "The Naval Struggle of 1821", a valuable co-publication of the HESG/NHM and the “Maria Tsakos” Public Benefit Foundation, one of the most important contributions to the 2021 anniversary publications.
EVENTS AND OPENING HOURS
Event: Monday June 27th at 19.00, in the “Maria Tsakos” International Center of Maritime Research and Tradition
The exhibition will be open to the public: 27/6 11.00-14.00 and 17.00-19.00
Event: Tuesday June 28th at 20.00, in the Municipal Council Hall "Konstantinos Spanos"
The exhibition will be open to the public: 28/6, 11.00-14.00 and 17.00-19.00
Event: on Wednesday June 29th at 20.00, at Nautossinis Square, Oinousses
The exhibition will be open to the public: 29/6, 11.00-14.00 and 17.00-19.00
Event: Friday July 1st at 20.00 at the Municipal Theatre of Mytilene
The exhibition will be open to the public: on July 1st, 10.30-14.00 and 17.00-19.30
Event: on Sunday July 3rd at 20.00, at the Old Port of Myrina, in front of the Town Hall
The exhibition will be open to the public: 3/7 and 4/7, 11.00-14.00 and 17.00-19.30
Event: Wednesday July 6th at 20.00
The exhibition will be open to the public: 6/7, 11.00-14.00 and 17.00-19.30
Event: on Friday July 8th at 20.00, at the Town Hall Square in Agios Efstratios
The exhibition will be open to the public: 8/7 to 11/7, 11.00-14.00 and 17.00-19.30
Event: on Wednesday July 13th at 20.00 at the port of Linaria Skyros
The exhibition will be open to the public: 13/7 and 14/7, 11.00-14.00 and 17.00-19.30
Event: on Saturday July 16th at 20.00, at the Cultural Events Hall of the Municipality of the Heroic Island of Psara
The exhibition will be open to the public: 16/7 and 17/7, 11.00-14.00 and 17.00-19.30
The visit to Andros and the event are both cancelled due to bad weather conditions.
Event: on Tuesday July 19th at 20.00, at the Open Theatre of Andros
The exhibition will be open to the public: 19/7 and 20/7, 11.00-14.00 and 17.00-19.30
Event: on Saturday July 23rd at 19.30 at Miaoulis Square - Municipal Hall of Syros
The exhibition will be open to the public: 22/7 and 23/7, 11.00-14.00 and 17.00-19.00
Event: on Tuesday July 26th at 20.00, in the courtyard of the Metropolitan Church of St. Nicholas
The exhibition will be open to the public: 25/7 and 26/7 from 11.00-14.00 and 17.00-19.30
Event: on Thursday July 28th at 20.00, in the courtyard of the Metropolitan Church of the Assumption (Hydra Cathedral)
The exhibition will be open to the public: July 28th, 11.00-14.00 and 17.00-19.30
Event: on Friday July 29th at 20.00 in Kanaris Coast, Poros
The exhibition will be open to the public: 29/7 from 12.00-14.00 and 17.00-19.30
Event: on Saturday July 30th at 20.30, in the courtyard of the Folklore Museum of Aegina
The exhibition will be open to the public: 30/7 from 11.00-14.00 and 17.00-19.30
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