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10/07/2018 — Press release – Milos Mining Museum 20th anniversary

On Saturday, June 9, 2018, Milos Mining Museum (ΜΜΜ) celebrated its 20 years of operation along with its numerous friends and associates at an event full of historical memories and total account. The event was attended, among others, by the Mayor of Milos, Mr. Gerasimos Damoulakis, the Chairman of the island’s Port Fund, Mr. Nikolaos Xenakis, Mr. Odysseas Kyriakopoulos, Mrs. Fali Voyiatzaki, Vice President of the Goulandris Museum of Natural History, Mrs. Eleftheria Dimou , Prof. Michalis Fitikas, Mr. Loukianos Komis, Mr. and Mrs Marketou, executives of IMERYS on Milos, and others.

The guests were welcomed by Mrs. Anna Vogli, Director of MMM and the Milos Operations Manager of Imerys Industrial Minerals Hellas S.A., Mr. John Sanoudos, who made reference to the Company’s support to the Museum and its work over the years, especially thanking Mr.Manousos Kantsos and Mrs. Vogli for their contribution.

Reverend Nektarios conveyed the greeting of Dorotheus II, the Metropolitan of Syros & Milos. Then, Milos Mayor Mr. Damoulakis addressed the public referring to the educational and cultural work of the Museum and the relationship it has developed with the local community over the years, and highlighted the importance of Miloterranean, a MMM initiative addressing the needs of tourism and education at a local level. Mr. Athanasios Kefalas, Managing Director of IMERYS Industrial Minerals Greece S.A., commented on the contribution of the Kyriacopoulos Family to the creation and development of the Museum as a cultural and educational center as well as to the support IMERYS has been providing to the Museum’s actions over the last 3 years.

Main speaker of the event was Nicole Kyriacopoulos, who made a historical retrospection of the Museum’s founding first idea all the way through to its completion, referring to the working group that she created 22 years ago following the wish of Mrs. Kitty Kyriacopoulos. Then, a brief reference was made to the milestones of the Museum’s 20 years of operation, the creation by Efi Xirou of two short films with the old miners’ narratives in 2002, the Museum’s independent operation as a non-profit organization in 2007, MMM’s 2009 renovation undertaken by the architect Despina Tsafou, and the official opening of the Zaphiris Vaos Obsidian Collection exhibition in 2011, under the supervision of Antikleia Agrafioti, Professor of Prehistoric Archeology. Special thanks was addressed to Dr. Eleftheria Dimou, Mineralogist, for the texts of the re-exhibition and of the Museum Guide, available at the Museum Shop as of this year.

Mrs. Vogli presented the Museum’s educational activities from the very first year of its foundation until today, through photographs taken during the various educational programs, attended each year by more than 800 students of all educational levels of the Milos Schools. A special presentation of all MMM’s educational activities were presented to the teachers of Milos at a special event on May 19, 2018.

Special mention was made to the activities and programs that took place within the framework of the 20th anniversary celebration and on the occasion of MMM’s participation to the International Museum Day 2018 and the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Six Mix-Match & Run programs were implemented in collaboration with the Mineralogy Museum of the Athens University and 6 Homo Oryctus programs in collaboration with the Cultural Company Peripatos, which organized the very successful Escape Room for adults from 17-20 May. In the framework of its new programs, MMM, reaching out beyond the island’s geographical boudnaries, launched this year a museum kit as well as a self-guided tour set for families and small groups, an original approach to the Museum’s exhibits. Both packs are available in Greek, English and French, making of the Museum a cultural attraction for Greek and foreign visitors.

A brief speech by the representative of the European Museum Forum Mrs. Cristina Vannini followed, analyzing the long term relationship of the two institutions. Prof. Antiklia Agrafioti concluded the Speeches section, with a referrerence to the significance of the Zafiris Vaos Obsidian Collection exhibition and its objectives defining the relationship between space (i.e. Milos) and things, (i.e. the Vaos Collection). Geology and Culture are inextricably intertwined on this island; a further exploitation of the Vaos Obsidian Collection could lead to the development of Practical Training Seminars for the academia, making of Milos a center of research   and education on Obsidian.

The event closed with a tour of the guests at the Museum’s exhibition areas and a treat with MILOTERRA wine from the Trachilas Vineyard of IMERYS.

Milos, 11 of June 2018



10/07/2018 — Press Release

Thursday 17 – Monday 21 Μay 2018

FREE ENTRANCE

On the occasion of its 20-years of function celebration, the International Museum Day 2018 titled “Hyperconnected Museums, new approaches, new publics” and the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2019 “Our Heritage, where the past meets the future”, Milos Mining Museum in cooperation with Peripatos Cultural Company organizes special activities and events.

Five-day event full of various activities for young and old:

  • Escape Room: 21 Elements

Every second, 21 elements join together to create about 15,000 unique organisms. 21 elements, the perfect biochemical compound. A live game of balance between truth and lie … the only keys to help you find out what the ultimate recipe of creation is, are puzzles and your sharp mind! Will you make it before time runs out? (adult groups of up to 7 people, 60′ duration)

  • Educational Program: Homo Oryctus

I am Homo Oryctus! No, I’m not a mineral, but inside me are chemical elements found in many minerals! Come and discover them through puzzles and play! Where are they to be found? what functions of our organisms and which eating habits  these elements are involved in? Are you ready for the discovery of Homo Oryctus? (pupils from the 4th Grade of the Elementary School up to the 3rd Grade of Highschool – 2 hours duration)

  • Presentation of Μuseum kits, of Educational and Self-guiding tour packs 

The Museum kits and the Educational packs are designed to travel around Greece and abroad. The Self-guiding packs on the other hand offer the visiting families a more experiential approach within the Museum. Through games and activities they learn by the Museum itself  how to have fun inside it.



10/07/2018 — Press Release – This is only the beginning…

The 21 Elements and Homo Oryctus paraded through the Milos Mining Museum last week (13 – 15 of March).

More specifically, the Museum continuing its tradition of annual educational programs, implemented the Homo Oryctus educational program with the participation of 48 students of the 3rd Grade of Milos High School, and launched an Escape Room for adults, titled “the 21 Elements” on a pilot basis.

A five-day event of activities (17-21 May) for young and old will be organized by the Milos Mining Museum in cooperation with the Peripatos Cultural company on the occasion of the Museum’s 20 years of operation and its participation in the events of International Museum Day 2018 “Museums and (networks). New Approaches, New Audience “.

We will be waiting to see you in May, to be creative together in an atmosphere full of mystery and adventure…

Stay tuned…

23 March, 2018



06/06/2017 — Miloterranean wins one of the Bravo Awards 2017, and completion of this year’s educational programs

On May 25th, 2017, the Miloterranean initiative was conferred one of the Bravo Awards 2017 in the category Bravo Society. The distinction represents a major reward for an initiative aiming at the development of the island’s tourism product by utilizing its volcanic origin and rare geological features.

[http://bravo.sustainablegreece2020.com/bravo-etaireies.php].

Also in May, this year’s educational programs of the Milos Mining Museum came to an end. They took place within the Museum’s premises, but also outside with the participation of the school children in the geological and cultural tours of Miloterranean.

Starting early this year, eleven Miloterranean trekkings were organised on the paths Nychia, Volcano, Sarakiniko as well as the Botanical Path. They were attended by more than 570 pupils of all levels and their teachers. On these walking tours the school children encountered rare geological phenomena as well as the island’s flora, learning the various species and the mechanisms the plants have developed in order to survive and propagate under the specific climatic conditions of Milos.

On August 25th thirty-five third grade pupils from Milos Elementary School took a tour through the Museum’s exhibition. Under the guidance of the program “Discover the Treasures of Milos”, they explored the exhibits and experienced the usefulness of the minerals, the “treasures” of the earth of Milos.

The children were accompanied by the Milos Mining Museum Director Mrs. Anna Vogli, and by Mr. George Petrakis, Head Forester of Imerys, the Company that sponsors the Museum’s educational programs.

We would like to thank the headmasters and teachers of the Primary Schools, the High School and the Vocational Senior High School of Milos for partaking in the Museum’s educational programs, hoping that our fruitful cooperation will continue during the upcoming school year with new educational activities and programs.

Milos, May 31st, 2017



07/04/2017 — “All Around Us” for the school kids of Milos

On the 5th of April the board game All Around Us  “came alive” in a delightful hunt for hidden minerals all over the Milos Mining Museum. 25 pupils from the second grade of Milos Elementary School and 24 pupils from the first and second grades of Adamas Elementary School explored the museum’s exhibition spaces and discovered the applications and uses of minerals with the aid of the Interactive Touch Unit presenting the minerals. The action was realised under the guidance of educators of the organisation Efpalinos – Games with Art.

The programme was sponsored by Imerys Industrial Minerals Greece S.A., who donated an All Around Us  board game to the participating school classes.

Milos, 6th of April 2017



16/03/2017 — “Milos obsidian: Tracing Prehistory”

The Milos Mining Museum (MMM) educational programs’ cycle on “Milos obsidian: Tracing Prehistory” was successfully completed today. The three programs took place on February 14 & 17, and March 10 with the participation of 54 pupils of the first class of the Milos High School and 34 pupils of the 6th grade of the Milos Primary School.

The program was carried out in the Zafiris Vaos’ Obsidian Exhibition Wing of the MMM. The program was aiming to inform the pupils on the origin, the processing, and the uses of this characteristically Melian rock, as well as on the value attributed to it by man since the prehistoric times.  Especially for the pupils of the primary school, who had walked through the 7th Miloterranean route “Nychia” a few days ago, the activity in the Museum added to the knowledge already acquired through the guided visit to the prehistoric obsidian quarry of Nychia.

The program was realized by Mrs. Tania Koletsiou, an educator and a music teacher, a Museum’s partner in educational activities.

The educational program “Milos obsidian: Tracing Prehistory” is a part of the Museum’s  yearly activities, offered to the island’s educational community.

Imerys Greece S.A. was the sponsor of the program.

Milos, March 10 2017



07/06/2016 — «All Around Us» and Miloterranean for the schools of Milos

The Milos Mining Museum Educational Programs cycle for this year’s school season  was completed in May.
On May 23, 2016 38 pupils of the 2nd and 3rd  Grades of the Adamas elementary school visited the Museum. They participated in groups in the educational program All Around Us, and learned in an interactive and fun way all about the industrial minerals of the island with the help of the homonymous board game and the guidance of the educators-facilitators of the Efpalinos educational institution, which undertook the programs design and implementation. The program was carried out in the Museum’s special Milos Industrial Minerals and Interactive Unit wing.
On May 25, 2016 the pupils of both sections of the Adamas elementary school 4th Grade walked the Miloterranean Route “Sarakiniko”. Τhe children, along with their teachers and the Museum’s representatives started the trekking from Agios Konstantinos and, walking through an interesting but rough path, experienced the unique geological formations and the natural beauties all the way from Mytakas to Sarakiniko, from where they returned to their school on a bus.
Sponsor of both programs was Imerys Industrial Minerals Greece S.A.
We would like to thank the Directors, teachers, and pupils of all the schools (elementary and high schools) of Milos, and wish that next year’s educational programs of the Museum will have the same success and will be attended with the same enthusiasm as this year.

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04/05/2016 — “Milos obsidian: Tracing Prehistory”

The Milos Mining Museum educational program“Milos obsidian: Tracing Prehistory”  took place between March, 31 and April 1st 2016 with the participation of 48 pupils of the Α1 and Α2 classes of the Milos highschool. The program’s venue was the Wing of the Zafiris Vaos’ Obsidian Exhibition, which complemented the Musuem’s other permanent exhibitions in 2011.  Aim of the program was to update the participating pupils on the origin, the processing, and the uses of this characteristically Melian rock, as well as on the value attributed to it by man since the prehistoric times.
Within the framework of the program, the pupils had the chance to learn about the volcanic activity and rocks and to get to know the sources and techniques of obsidian carving through research and observation. The educational activity was completed with a visit to the Bombarda area (in Lagada), where the children saw the natural obsidian deposits at the “Nychia” hill.
The transportation of the pupils to and from the Museum was undertaken by Imerys, sponsor of the educational program.

 

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04/05/2016 — Miloterranean Routes for the schools of Milos and the High School of Folegandros

On the 14th, 15th and 18th of April 2016, the Milos Mining Museum organized trekking walks of Miloterranean routes for the pupils of the Adamas primary school, and the high schools of Milos and Folegandros within the framework of their visit to Milos.
On the 14th of April, the program started from Alykes, where 80 pupils of the 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 6th grades of the primary school, along with the teachers and the director of their school, were guided through the site by geologist Alekos Petrakis as part of the informational program aimed at raising awareness on the Alykes site. Following the guided tour, 44 pupils of the last two grades of the primary school walked the 2nd Miloterranean route – “Volcano” guided by Mr. Alekos Petrakis and the forester George Petrakis. The latter informed the children about the island’s unique natural environment making special “stops” in relevant sites of particular interest, such as Kedrolivado (cedar meadow) with the centenarian cedar trees.
On the 15th of April, 92 students of the 2nd and 3rd Milos high school grades, accompanied by their teachers, also walked the 2nd Miloterranean route – “Volcano” guided by Mr. Alekos Petrakis. They admired the geologic formations and, having crossed the Fyriplaka crater, they reached Kalamos where they toured the area of the natural vents (fumaroles).
The Folegandros high school visit of Milos island on April, 18 included a visit to the Milos Mining Museum and a trekking walk of the 4th Miloterranean Route – “Aggeria”.
The almost spring-like weather helped the children who walked the 3,5-hours-duration Miloterranean routes. The transport of the children was taken over by Imerys, sponsor of this educational activity.

 

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26/02/2016 — PRESS RELEASE – Milos nursery schools visiting the Milos Mining Museum

The Milos Mining Museum began its current year’s cycle of educational programs by inviting the children of the island’s nursery schools. Thus, in February 23-24, 2016, 76 children from the Adamas, Triovassalos, Plaka, Trypiti, and Pollonia kindergartens participated in the program «Transplanting a local plant», and in the artistic happening that followed focusing on the environment.

The children planted lentisks in pots after they had first made themselves the mixture of perlite and turf (peat) following the instructions by the forester Mr. Giorgos Petrakis. Ms. Christina Sfakianaki, artist, organized the happening offering the children a pleasant and creative pastime.

At the end of the two-hour program each child took the lentisk that it had transplanted, while each nursery school will decorate its class with its own “tree” created by the children’s drawings and collages of colored leaves.

The childrens’ transportation to and from the Museum was undertaken by Imerys, the sponsor company of the educational program.

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