Factories join forces to celebrate European Heritage Days:The fox who became… a milliner!

Three industrial and cultural sites of the Municipality of Athens join forces to offer educational activities for free.

Sunday, September 25, 2022 | For a limited number of participants

What do the old gasworks, a silk and a hat factory, have in common? The European Heritage Days 2022 will celebrate Sustainable Heritage from September 23 to 25. Hence, three iconic cultural sites of the Municipality of Athens with an emblematic industrial past join forces to offer educational activities and prove that synergies among cultural institutions drive sustainability.

In this context, the Industrial Gas Museum, housed in the old gasworks that supplied the capital with light and energy for more than 120 years, the City of Athens Art Gallery, which operated as a silk factory, naming the area Metaxourgeio, and the City of Athens Cultural Centre “Melina”, housed in the oldest hat factory of Athens, the Poulopoulos Hat Factory, better known as Pil-Poul, invite everybody to a unique historical journey into our industrial heritage, offering several educational activities for free.

The activities will take place on Sunday, September 25,  at11.00 at the City of Athens Cultural Centre “Melina” and the City of Athens Art Gallery. At the same time, the Industrial Gas Museum will temporarily move to the two sites mentioned above, presenting photographs and archival material, while its educators will enlighten us all with information about the history and operation of the Athens Gasworks factory.

Participants will attend an art storytelling workshop, a hat-making workshop and a historical walk, creatively discovering the background of the three monuments that played an essential role in the country’s industrialization, changing the country’s course. They will also learn how these three sites were transformed into living cultural venues, open to the public, and fully integrated into the city’s urban fabric.

Are you ready to roll?

City of Athens Cultural Centre “Melina” (in cooperation with the Industrial Gas Museum)

The fox who became… a milliner!

Educational programme for families with children from 4 to 7 years old

What do silk, light and hats have in common? The City of Athens Cultural Centre “Melina” team welcomes the Industrial Gas Museum team of experts to offer a fun art storytelling workshop for children inspired by the first hat factory and the first power plant in Greece. First, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the adventures of a fox who wanted to become a milliner and was very afraid of the dark! Then, they will discover the different types of hats and be introduced to various materials (some of which resemble silk!) while they will be invited to make their original hat!

*The story is based on the fairy tale “The Milliner Fox” by Tsoroni Georgiadis Yolanda, Savvalas Publishers.


Start Time: 11.00

Duration: 60′

Venue: City of Athens Cultural Centre “Melina”, 66A Herakleidon & Thessalonikis streets, Thiseio 

Reservations: 210-3452150 (Monday-Friday, 10.00-14.00)

web: www.opanda.gr | www.gasmuseum.gr

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