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The Historic Archives and the Museum of Hydra

The Historic Archives and the Museum of Hydra had been founded in 1918 and was initially housed in a building situated at the eastern part of the port and was donated by the ship-owner and benefactor of the island Ghikas Koulouras, of Hydraean origin.

Antonios Lignos, eminent doctor and mayor of Hydra for some almost 40 years had undertaken the task of establishing the Archives and classifying the material available from the period of 1708-1865; it was himself that had discovered all this documentation in the storerooms of the church of the church of Koimissi.

The building was donated in 1952 and ever since the Historic Archives and the Museum of Hydra operates as a public organization supervised by the Ministry of Education.

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In 1972 the old building was replaced by the new impressive one, an excellent building purposely made where there have been housed all the services related to the Archives.

New interventions have been made and the actual building was inaugurated in 1996; ever since the museum is regularly open and offers a place of research to the scholars and of education to the public. The department of the archives carries out the task of gathering and classifying any kind of documents about the island; one of the most important works still in progress is the formation of a catalogue and various publications about the history, the culture and the tradition of the island. The Archives are being gradually enriched with documents, both public and private and today the collection counts some 20.000 original documents, manuscripts, codices books and other rare material. There are also a lot of more recent documents, administrative, religious and educational, dated from the mid-19th century up to nowadays.
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The museum department is covers two floors, the ground floor and the antechamber of the first floor. There are displayed various relics from the national wars, as well as folk material. The staircase and the rooms of the first floor are reserved for the exhibition of paintings both of Greek and European artists, which form a Historic Gallery. There are also displayed arms of the fighters of 1821, small artifacts dated in the 18th and 19th centuries, original old marine maps, an original copy of the Chart of Regas Pheraios, the embalmed heart of the admiral Andreas Miaoulis, kept in a silver pot and other items.

The Archives have also a rich library with more than 4000 volumes of old and rare editions, some of which go back to the early 18th century. The library is continually being enriched with new acquisitions both from donation and purchases.
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