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by Archaeology Newsroom

What museums are for

The society of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sciences in Northern Greece organized an experimental series of classes for children of the 5th form of the 4th primary school of Polichni in Thessaloniki. These classes were the joint effort of archaeologists from the Archaeological Museum and from the 9th Ephorate of Byzantine antiquities, a restorer of antiquities also took part and the two ladies in charge of the program, who were doing research at the Ethnological Museum of Folklore in Macedonia and who also belonged to the Educational Committee of ICOM (International Council of Museums). In this article, the organisers of the classes explain analytically the concept that museums should be the ones to “go” to the schools .In nine meetings the questions discussed were the role played by museums and what museums have to do with history. What a prehistoric\classical\byzantine museum, or museum of folklore is and how each should be set up. Also under discussion were the question of the importance of excavations and of local research, and the importance of the restoration of antiquities. The school children who had never been to a museum were taken to the Archaeological and Folklore museums. As there was no Byzantine museum at the time in Thessaloniki, the children were taken on a tour of the church of St. Demetrius, of Agia Sophia and of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos.