Monday, March 30, 2015

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Event on February 12th 2015 hosting a lecture by Mr. Didier Grange

On Thursday the 12th of  February 2015, in the premises of the Central Service of the GSA in Athens, Mr Didier Grange -Head of the Geneva City Archives and Special Advisor at the International Council on Archives (ICA) since 2010- successfully delivered a lecture on “Archival Associations Worldwide. Overview and Thoughts”.

The event was realized thanks to the collaboration of the GSA and the Society of Greek Archivists. The Director of the GSA Mrs Marietta Minotos and President of the Society of Greek Archivists, and Deputy Director Mrs Amalia Pappa initiated the event by addressing the audience.

Mrs Marietta Minotos made a thorough account of the cultural events and actions put in effect in the year 2014; a year dedicated to the centenary anniversary of the establishment of the General State Archives while Mrs Amalia Pappa made an arrant mention upon the completion of a quarter century dating back to the establishment of the Society of Greek Archivists.

The event was honored by the attendance of the Ambassador of Switzerland to the Hellenic Republic Mr Lorenzo Amberg, the appointee Councellor of the Municipality of Filothei-Psychico Mrs Nelli Lavda, the Chairman of the Supervisory Council Mr. Nikos Karapidakis and members of the Council, former Presidents of the Society of Greek Archivists and representatives of Archival Institutions in Greece.

Lecture notes by Mr. Didier Grange (in French) Lecture notes by Ms. Marietta Minotos (in English)

Customary New-Year festivities

On Friday the 6th of February 2015, in the premises of the Central Service of the GSA in Athens, the customary New-Year festivities were carried out.


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Invite to Lecture-Event

The event is to take place on Thursday, the 12th of February 2015 at 7:00 p.m at the Central Agency of G.S.A ,  61 Daphnis st. Palaio Psychico.

Invitation About the speaker

Exhibit of the month

Within the framework of the European Programme APEx - in which the Central Agency of the General State Archives is taking part- and the attempt to give prominence to the archival material of all participating bodies, a posting has taken place on the European Archives Portal, namely of a 10th -11th century BC manuscript, “Evangelion” (Gospel Lectionary) from the Collection of Manuscripts kept in the GSA; thus being granted the title “exhibit of the month”.

An extensive portrayal of the aforementioned exhibit is available on the following link:''




Educative Workshop: Young paper conservators in action! In the “Eugenides Foundation”

Children are you particularly keen on sketching using your pen and paper? Are you interested in books? Would you like to step into the laboratory and learn all it takes to fully restore an old book? Are you up to taking action in becoming yourselves a group of young “paper conservators”?

If all this sounds interesting and intriguing to you and you are aged 8-14 years, you are most welcome to join us in the educative workshop organized by the Department of Restoration and Reproduction of the General State Archives headquarters alongside with the Eugenides Foundation Library; an initiative inspired by the centennial celebration of the founding of the GSA and the exhibition “100 years General State Archives, 500 years of history” also hosted by the Eugenides Foundation. The workshop will be carried out under the supervision of a group of our paper and book conservators team: Penelope Banou, Angeliki Stasinos, Maria Giannikou and Ourania Kanakari.

The educative workshops shall be taking place-under the same general title-for two consequent Saturdays; namely, Saturday the 15th and 22nd of November, from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm.

press release(english version)  



Exhibition “100 years of the General State Archives 500 years of history”

held at the Eugenides Foundation from November 3rd to November 30th 2014

The exhibition will be opened to the public from November 5th


The General State Archives (GAK), while concluding the festive events celebrating the 100-year anniversary of their establishment (1914-2014), are presenting the public with archival specimens and collections gathered and preserved within one century of operation.

press release(english version)
press release(french version)


Replay Projections of the “Kryfto” Documentary



Due to the unprecedented attendance of the public to the first screening  of the “Kryfto” documentary worldwide-which took place in the premises of the General State Archives in Athens on October 30th 2014- we wish to inform the public that further projections of the documentary shall be taking place, twice a week upon prior notice and provided that a substantial number of such notices is made.


Those interested are requested to submit their notice to the following email address: or call the following numbers: 210-6782272, 210-6782273 from 9:00am to 14:00pm on weekdays.

press release(english version) press release(french version)



“Kryfto” Documentary

On the occasion of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, ΝΕRΙΤ (New Hellenic Radio, Internet and Television) and GAK (General State Archives) are organizing the first screening of a rare audiovisual historical exhibit on Thursday, October 30th at 20.00.  The documentary premiering is called “Kryfto” (Hide-and Seek) and was filmed in 1955 as a United Nations production while it is currently a property of the Public Broadcaster Archive.

press release(english version) press release(french version)



The G.S.A. participated at the celebrations of the European Heritage Days which this year have the general title “Faces of Time” and welcomed the public to the visual  arts exhibition “Gak-Art”, held at their building on Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th of September 2014.

Press release_english version (doc)>> Press release_french version



The General State Archives of Greece, on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Archives and the centennial of their foundation (1914-2014) inaugurated the art exhibition GAK-ART on the 16th of June 2014, in their building, 61 Daphnis Str., in Psychiko, Athens.

The exhibition will remain open until 16/9/2014 and guided tours are planned daily to those interested.

Press Release Exhibition Catalogue


Calendar 2014


A digital tour through the Exhibition “Rigas Feraios Map: from the Archives to the Digital World” (the titles of the exhibition topics are in English and the contents in Greek)


On Friday, March 27th, 2015 the closing hour of the General State Archives’ Library shall be altered to 13.30 due to the Supervisory Council's meeting.


Navigation guide for APEx (European Portal Europe)

In the Archives Portal Europe network of excellence APEx website – , in which the Central Service of the General State Archives has been taking part, you may find available a movie, which aims to show the potential of the Archives Portal Europe. The movie presents the three different ways of searching in the Portal, and gives an idea of what treasures you can find in the archives. The Directory page of the Portal is also presented, showing how you can find out the location of our participating archives.

The video is also available on Youtube and more specifically to the link


Exhibit of the month the “Acropolis of Athens”

Within the framework of the European Program APEx - in which the Central Service of the General State Archives has been taking part - and the attempt to give prominence to the archival material of all participating bodies, the “Acropolis of Athens” has been uploaded to the Archives Portal Europe as Featured Document of the month [The Secretariat (Ministry) for Ecclesiastical Affairs and Public Education archive, Archaeological Service, file 44, sub-file 7].



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