The Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP) organizes and manages a network of thematic museums, which study, preserve and promote ‘s heritage and cultural identity. These museums constitute models as far as the method of creating museums and the manner of their museographic structure is concerned and, in each and every case, highlight the special nature of the production of the region they are situated in. You can watch here a short video presentation.
The Network functions according to a model elaborated and implemented by PIOP, whereby the latter undertakes the museums’ administration, accounting and secretarial services centrally, while simultaneously supervising their maintenance, impeccable running and promotion and organizing various events in their premises. This model of functioning draws on the direct and unwavering collaboration of local society and all local and regional authorities. PIOP’s Museum Department is responsible for the constant monitoring of the museums’ smooth functioning and timely maintenance. The network’s exceptional quality is ensured by the following factors:
- compliance with contemporary museological standards regarding the creation of museums whose scientific integrity does not compromise their accessibility, content and pleasantness;
- their meticulous maintenance, cleaning and guarding during their functioning;
- the collections’ renewal;the elaboration of educational programmes & organization of cultural events; and,
- well-organized secretarial and accounting support.
This constantly expanding network of museums constitutes a unique, large-scale cultural intervention. PIOP’s objective is to transmit, by means of this network, a different perception of activity in the provinces and support to regional development. Indeed, these museums aspire to become both a meeting place and a point of reference for the local population, and especially for young people.
Educational and scientific events are held in the multipurpose halls created to this end in each museum. These events tour the whole network and are accompanied by various cultural happenings, which are organized in collaboration with each region’s inhabitants.
This unique form of functioning transforms the network’s museums into living entities, which link the provincial world to economic history, link history to culture, and culture to action and education.
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