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22/05/2012 — “From Millstone to Bread”: an educational program at the Milos Mining Museum

Milos, 22 May 2012 – The Milos Mining Museum (MMM) participated in this year’s International Museum Day by organizing an educational program for schoolchildren entitled From Millstone to Bread. The program was carried out twice that day, with the participation of 54 pupils of the 3rd grade at the Primary Schools of Milos and Adamas as well as all pupils enrolled at the single-class elementary school of Pollonia, accompanied by their teachers. Mini Radou, an educationalist specialized in museums, designed and realized the program. 

During this two-hour long program, the children discovered the Milos Millstone, among the Museum’s exhibits, learned its history and evolution, its usefulness as well as its contribution to the island’s economy and its development. Through myths and legends, pictorial interpretations and role-playing within the framework of theatrical and musical events, they became acquainted with the various qualities and types of millstones and their uses. They also had the opportunity to grind wheat, under the supervision of Mmes Anastassia Vikeli and Anthoussa Psatha-Marouditsi, who offered three millstones for the program’s needs and got involved voluntarily in the organization of the program. This way the children discovered through personal experience the close connection of the millstone to human diet and to one of the more important staple foods, bread. The traditional treats, at the end, included the “sweetest bread of their life”, as it was aptly put, since they knew by now how much time and work is needed for a slice of bread to reach their table. Upon leaving, they took with them the product of their toil, a pouch of ground wheat. 

The program From Millstone to Bread is now part of the Milos Mining Museum’s  educational activities organized every year, with the cooperation and participation of the teachers at the island’s elementary schools and volunteers from the local community. 

On 18 May, International Museum Day 2012, entrance to the MMM was free.

Milos, May 22 2012

19/03/2012 — Student visit at the new permanent exhibition “Zafeiris Vaos Obsidian Collection”

The students of both the General Senior High School and the Professional Senior High School of the island of Milos were invited to visit the Milos Mining Museum. The visits took place on the 16 and 17 February 2012; the students followed a guided tour of the Museum’s new permanent exhibition, the recently unveiled “Zafeiris Vaos Obsidian Collection”. The students, 80 from the General H.S. and 25 from the Professional H.S., were intrigued by the exhibits and asked numerous questions regarding the processing and uses of this valuable mineral extracted in Milos that for over six thousand years constituted the prime raw material for manufacturing various tools and weapons during prehistoric times all over the Aegean Sea.

03/09/2011 — The “Zafeiris Vaos Obsidian Collection” permanent exhibition was officially unveiled

On 3 September 2011, the permanent exhibition of the obsidian collection created by Zafeiris Vaos (1905-2003), a prominent collector and folklore specialist from Milos, was officially unveiled in the Milos Mining Museum (MMM). The event started in the George Eliopoulos – Milos Conference Center, with opening speeches by Gerassimos Damoulakis, mayor of Milos, Nicole Kyriacopoulos, member of the Management Committee of the MMM, and Antonis Z. Vaos, artist and associate professor at the University of Patras. Representatives of the local authorities and members of the local community were present, while journalists from both regional and national newspapers covered the event. The guests then moved to the Milos Mining Museum where a guided tour was conducted by Antikleia Agrafioti, associate professor of Prehistoric Archeology at the University of Thessaly and the exhibition’s scientific consultant.

The collector, Zafeiris Vaos, started collecting obsidian artifacts in 1959, following an official pronouncement and a relevant permit by the Archeological Council. The collection includes objects made of obsidian found in various sites on the island of Milos; obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass that is a characteristic rock of Milos, played a significant role in the island’s economy in prehistoric times and forms a very important chapter in the archeology of early Aegean tool-making. The collection includes numerous representative artifacts from obsidian quarries in various areas on Milos (such as Nychia and Demenegaki), that were the main source of obsidian for all the settlements around the Aegean during seven millennia, as well as representative styles of the various stone-processing techniques used in the prehistoric Aegean sites. After the collector passed away, the Kyriacopoulos family bought the collection, following an approval by the Ministry of Culture, and subsequently donated it to the MMM, thus safeguarding its return to its place of origin, in accordance with the wishes of both the local community and the late collector.

The scientific consultant and coordinator was Antikleia Agrafioti, leading a team of experts, while the architect Despoina Tsafou,conducted the architectural & museographic design of the exhibition. Both the permanent exhibition and the official inauguration event were sponsored by S&B Industrial Minerals S.A.

11/07/2011 — PRESS RELEASE – The “Zafeiris Vaos Obsidian Collection” permanent exhibition welcomes the public at the Milos Mining Museum

Milos, 21 July 2011 – The obsidian collection of Zafeiris Vaos, the Melian folklorist and collector, is displayed for the first time at the Milos Mining Museum. The collection consists of tools and other prehistoric utilitarian objects that illustrate the island’s centuries-old cultural and geological heritage.

The “Zafeiris Vaos Obsidian Collection” comprises artefacts made of obsidian, Milos’s characteristic volcanic rock, which forms an important chapter in the archaeology of prehistoric human tool-making. The collection was gathered gradually from various sites of the island, following an official pronouncement by the Greek Archaeological Council in 1959.

In response to both the collector’s and the islanders’ wish, who wanted the collection to remain in Milos, its place of origin, the Kyriacopoulos family bought the collection from Antonis Vaos, the collector’s son, and offered it to the Milos Mining Museum in 2009. Two years later, following the collection’s inventory and scientific study, and the finalization of legal procedures, Melians and visitors can admire the exhibits first hand in the specially designed wing of the Milos Mining Museum.

The “Zafeiris Vaos Obsidian Collection” permanent exhibition is the most recent addition to the Milos Mining Museum’s collections of minerals, rocks, objects, and photographs, which in their own way narrate the island’s long-established mining history.

26/05/2011 — PRESS RELEASE – The “European Museum of the Year Award” was presented by the European Museum Forum

Greece was represented by the Archeological Museum of Aiani in Kozani

Milos, 26 May 2011 – The Milos Mining Museum, as a member of the European Museum Forum, took part again this year in the ceremony of the “European Museum of the Year Award”, organized at the German Emigration Center in Bremerhaven, Germany, on 21 May 2011, with the participation of 34 museums from 15 European countries. The EMYA 2011 (“European Museum of the Year Award”) was presented to the Gallo-Roman Museum in Tongeren, Belgium, while the Kenneth Hudson Award went to the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia, and the Silletto Prize to the Flood Museum in Ouwerkerk, the Netherlands. Six more museums received a special commendation.

The “European Museum of the Year Award”, sometimes called the “Oscar” of the European museum community, is the most respected museum institution in Europe, and rewards innovation, quality and professional distinction while at the same time rating their professional reputation and public quality. All museums established in the member-states of the Council of Europe that have either opened to the public or have gone through renovation, modernization or expansion during the last two years are eligible for the award. The award committee considers the credentials of each museum – how much it excites the imagination of the public and satisfies its visitors – and focuses on each museum’s atmosphere and presentation, as well as its communication and social responsibility policies.

Greece was commendably represented this year by the Archeological Museum of Aiani, near the city of Kozani, a museum that promotes the culture of Elimeia in Upper Macedonia and is widely known due to the important archeological findings in the area. The Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki and the Ecclesiastical Museum of Milos are the other two Greek members of the European Museum Forum.


The Milos Mining Museum ( is a non-for-profit organization that was established with the initiative and the financial support of S&B Industrial Minerals S.A. in 1998 with an aim to honor and promote the age-old mining history of the island of Milos, as well as its geological and natural heritage. The Museum is a member of the European Museum Forum ( since 2000. During its 13 years of operation it has received more than 145,000 visitors from Greece and the rest of the world and has developed into a favorite educational tourist destination.

10/05/2011 — PRESS RELEASE – The Milos Mining Museum organizes an educational event for pupils on the occasion of the International Year of Forests 2011

On 8 and 11 April 2011, on the occasion of the proclamation by Unesco, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, of 2011 as International Year of Forests, the Milos Mining Museum (MMM), in cooperation with the Municipality of Milos and the Milos Forest Department, organized an educational reforestation program in the area of Profitis Ilias.
A total of 76 pupils of the fifth and sixth grades of the Milos and Adamas primary schools participated in the reforestation and local vegetation enrichment program. The children planted 550 local plants such as oak trees, schinus shrubs and cypress trees as well as Phoenician junipers, in an enclosed area. In order to ensure the successful establishment of the seedlings in their new environment, the MMM in cooperation with S&B Industrial Minerals S.A. that sponsored the program, will irrigate the young plants regularly. The children participated enthusiastically and received small thank you presents at the end of the program. The pupils were transferred to and from the reforestation area in Profitis Ilias by the MMM in cooperation with the Municipality of Milos.
The reforestation program was carried out by the MMM in the framework of its educational activities organized and implemented since its inauguration in 1998.

27/07/2010 — PRESS RELEASE – A photographic Exhibition by Katerina Kaloudi Shapes, 15 June – 30 September

Milos, 27 July 2010 – A photographic exhibition by Katerina Kaloudi entitled Shapes was inaugurated on 23 July 2010. This exhibition, one of several temporary exhibitions organized by the Milos Mining Museum, was part of the program of the 17th Cultural Festival of Milos. In this collection of photographs, Katerina Kaloudi was inspired by the Cycladic rock formations, particularly those of Milos, which her lens transformed into bodies, waves, and forests. Influenced equally by the shapes of the rocks, the sounds of the sea, and the transparent Greek light, her gaze lent the silent rock masses both speech and expression. “The photographs”, as the photographer states, “convey elements of my optical dialogues with the rocks”.

Mr. Averkis Gaitanis, Deputy Mayor of Milos, and members of the local clergy, cultural institutions, and society attended the opening. Mr. Athanasios Kefalas, member of the managing committee of the Milos Mining Museum, Mrs. Toula Armeni, Municipal counsellor and head of cultural affairs for the island of Milos, and the artist addressed the public.

Katerina Kaloudi has shown her work in several art galleries in Greece and abroad. Her most recent solo exhibition was held in New York in October 2010. Photographs from her rocks and water collection were presented at Athens and Poros island.

Katerina Kaloudi was born in Athens. She studied Mathematics and Art at Hamilton College, NY, and Photography at the Royal College of Art, London, from which she graduated with distinctions in 1986. She has worked as a photographer for pioneering companies, has travelled widely, and has published her photographs in magazines and books. Photographs by Katerina Kaloudi belong to private collections in Greece, England, and the United States.

01/07/2010 — “Shapes”, Art photography exhibition by Katerina Kaloudi, 2010

14/04/2010 — PRESS RELEASE – Presentation of the new book by pedagogue Sofia Yialouraki at the Milos Conference Center – George Eliopoulos

Aphrodite of Milos is crying, the new book by Sofia Yialouraki, teacher and distinguished author of children’s books, was presented on 14 April 2010, at the Milos Conference Center–George Eliopoulos. The book’s publication by Erevnites Publishers was sponsored by the Milos Mining Museum (MMM) in the framework of its educational programs.

Mrs. Kitty Kyriacopoulos, Honorary Chair of S&B Industrial Minerals S.A., Mrs. Sofia Marouta, Head of Marketing at Erevnites Publishers, and Mr. Petros Papapetros, Head of Production at Erevnites Publishers, introduced the presentation. Mrs. Irini Vlastari, School Counsellor for the Southern Cyclades, Mr. Athanasios Kefalas, member of the managing committee of the MMM and Manager of Local Affairs of Milos at S&B Industrial Minerals, and the author addressed the public. Mr. Theodoros Salamalekis, Head of the Fourth Office of Primary Education of the Southern Cyclades co-ordinated the event.

The presentation was attended by members of the local clergy, Mrs. P. Kalogeraki, Governor of Milos, Mr. G. Tsainis, Mayor of Milos, heads of public authorities and cultural institutions, and most of the island’s schoolteachers. Mrs. Yialouraki’s direct, engaging, and sincere speech enchanted the audience, which she took on a journey of experience and knowledge.

In his speech, Mr. Kefalas said among other things: “The MMM, which already promotes the island’s mineral and natural wealth through its exhibits, organized geological walks, and other educational programs for adults and children, now takes a step further with this first publication aimed both at the children of Milos and those visiting the island. The distinguished teacher Mrs. Sofia Yialouraki captivates readers of all ages and promotes with great skill our island’s geological, historical, economic, environmental, and cultural facets”. This and the author’s previous book The Fayum Portraits and the Mysterious Miss Julia, which was awarded the National Award for Children’s Factual Books in 2008, share the same heroin, little Aleka, who now travels from Alexandria to her new home on Milos. On the island she discovers the Aphrodite of Milos, who, also uprooted from her homeland, weeps and speaks to Aleka’s soul. The book deals with subjects such as exile and the difficulty of adapting to a new home, the power of friendship, and the educational potential of enlightened teachers. It is also a source book on the history, customs, flora, fauna, and minerals of Milos.

On the morning of the same day and on the following day (Thursday, 15 April) 130 students of the last three grades of the island’s primary schools met with Sofia Yialouraki at the MMM for an educational program on the island’s culture, history, and mythology as addressed in the book.

21 April 2010

22/05/2009 — PRESS RELEASE – The Milos Mining Museum celebrates its first decade

Created in 1998 by S&B Industrial Minerals in order to honour and display the island’s long and rich metallurgical history, the Milos Mining Museum is celebrating its first decade.

The museum received more than 100,000 visitors from Greece and abroad during its first decade. In 2008, the number of visitors increased by 40% (11,050 visitors) over the previous year.

The year 2008 saw the completion and restructuring of the first-floor exhibition hall, which is dedicated to mined products and their uses in everyday life. The exhibit focuses on the minerals bentonite, perlite, kaolin, quartzitic trachyte (millstone), obsidian, sulfur, manganese, etc, and intends to introduce the visitor to the island’s volcanic mineral wealth.

Since July 2008, the museum hosts a temporary exhibition entitled “Earth – Air Panorama”, with photographs by Nikos Vitsovits, which capture the unique natural beauty of Milos with its striking landscapes and rock formations.

The museum is a major attraction for school students from Milos and elsewhere in Greece, but also for university students from Greece and abroad. The museum produces specially designed educational programs that focus on environmental awareness and amateur art. Visitors have shown a particular interest in the museum’s “Geological Itineraries”, which include guided visits to mines, rehabilitated mining sites, and sites of particular volcanic and geological interest.

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