V.I.D.A TEAM

ABOUT US

The V.I.D.A. team consists of people with different scientific backgrounds but with common research objects and interests, i.e. industrial archaeology and industrial heritage of Greece.

The members of the team first met in the group "Industrial Archaeology" on Facebook and -beyond our common love- we were further connected by the realisation that there is an accelerating loss of significant remnants of industrial activity in Greece. At the same time, there is no official or central and freely accessible archive for Greek industrial heritage, that would allow, on the one hand, its study and, on the other hand, its evaluation and protection. These common findings have made us want to act and take initiatives to improve, or even reverse, this situation. And above all, we want to work collectively to preserve our common industrial past as an integral part of our history that must be passed on to future generations as knowledge and legacy.

The culmination of these reflections was the formation of  V.I.D.A. team as a collective interdisciplinary effort that attempts to record, survey, document, rescue (in physical or digital form), disseminate and promote, raise public and state awareness, and eventually contribute to the preservation of the Greek industrial heritage.

We recognize that, in addition to the material remnants of industrial activity and the daily work of men and women -or even children- (like facilities, buildings, machinery, tools, archives), the intangible traces contained in know-how, human memories and morals are an integral - but also extremely sensitive - part of this culture and they must also be preserved, which is why we are approaching our industrial heritage with respect in all its diversity and complexity.

The evolution of our non-formal team of like-minded volunteers to a formal non-profit organisation was deemed necessary by its members in order to promote its goals more effectively, through a variety of actions. To achieve our goals, ΒΙ.Δ.Α. intends to use the available know-how, experience, resources and knowledge of its members, and of any other people who are willing to contribute to our efforts.

The chronology presented below, brings together the most important milestones in the course of the V.I.D.A. team, from the preparation of its creation, to its development and its evolution into a civil non-profit organisation.

2015

During a postgraduate seminar programme of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, a course entitled "Industrial Archaeology" was organised. The follow-up of this course was the trigger for a group of trainees to work further on this subject. As a result, the "Industrial Archaeology" group was created on Facebook. The group’s purpose is to promote the communication of people interested in or involved in industrial heritage of Greece and the discussion of relevant concerns.

2016

Within the online Facebook group "Industrial Archaeology" begins a discussion about an initiative aimed at recording the Greek industrial heritage.

2017

Noticing the lack of a single and freely accessible Registry for the Greek industrial heritage, a team was formed named «Βιομηχανικά Δελτία Απογραφής», meaning (in Greek) “Industrial Records”, while its acronym (ΒΙ.Δ.Α.) means screw/bolt. This team created an online free database (in a blog) that hosts information sent by volunteers from all over Greece. Its special feature is an interactive map, where the Greek industrial heritage is mapped by region.

2018

V.I.D.A. team organises its first guided tours to several Greek industrial monuments and starts presenting its work in Greek and international scientific congresses.
Meanwhile, the "Industrial Archaeology" group on Facebook reaches 5,000 members.

2019

The blog and the map are integrated in a new upgraded website and V.I.D.A. acquires a logo in order to enhance its public presence and recognition.

2020

As a recognition of the ongoing project and the potential of the V.I.D.A. team, financial resources were secured for the creation of a new improved website. During the three years of operation of the old website (i.e. the original blog) 1,385 industrial records were collected and almost 300,000 visitors browsed the site.

2021

The civil non-profit organisation V.I.D.A. is founded and the new website is launched.
The "Industrial archaeology" group on Facebook exceeds 10,000 members.

DANIIL MARIA

Architect engineer who works systematically with management issues of newer cultural heritage and especially with the protection of historic buildings.
An important part of her work focusses on the study of traditional and neoclassical architecture in Athens city. On this subject she received a Diploma of Specialization of the Interdepartmental Curriculum "Protection of Monuments" by the Department of Architecture of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NTUA, 2000). She also prepared a doctoral dissertation at the School of Architectural Engineering of the NTUA, on "The work of the Architectural Service of the Municipality of Athens, 1835-1912".
From 1990, as an executive of the Department of Traditional Buildings and Monuments, until today, as Head of the Building Infrastructure Department of the Municipality of Athens, she systematically has dealt with the history of architecture and morphology of the city of Athens.
She participated in various scientific conferences on issues of cultural heritage, while her relevant publications were hosted in scientific journals, collective volumes and monographs. She has prepared numerous studies documenting the survey and restoration of traditional, preserved buildings as well as monuments of the 1st Athens Cemetery.
She took part in several architectural competitions. She was distinguished in the Panhellenic Competitions "New Square of Kerameikos", "Reconstruction-configuration of a network of sidewalks and free spaces in the area of Acropolis", "New building of National Bank of Greece" and "Configuration of Athens Syntagma Square”.
In 2006-2012 she taught the course "Restoration of traditional buildings" at the School of Graphic Arts and Artistic Studies of the University of West Attica.
As a very active person in the preservation of the cultural heritage, she is a member of the Board of Greek ICOMOS and a member of the International Commission of Historic Cities CIVVIH.
As a founding member of V.I.D.A., she works on recording and rescuing the industrial remains of Greece and especially of Athens.

FASSOURAKIS IRAKLIS

Chemical engineer, graduate of Aristoteleion University of Thessalonica (1991). Executive of technical products manufacturing companies for 20 years, he founded a commercial company for import and distribution of packaging materials.
Member of the Board of the Greek Department of TICCIH (The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage) and active member of the Facebook group "Industrial archaeology", which deals with issues of industrial heritage management in Greece.
His interest in photography, as well as in the promotion and protection of abandoned industries, pushed him to establish, with the collaboration of M. Vakalopoulou, M. Daniil and C. Lampropoulos, the industrial heritage recording team of Greece, V.I.D.A.

LAMPROPOULOS CHRISTOS

Teacher with many years of teaching experience in schools in Greece and the United Kingdom, with administrative know-how in small/medium-sized organisations (schools, European funded programmes, conferences) and volunteer experience in Press relations (Olympic Games: Athens 2004 & Turin 2006, Cultural Capital of Europe: Patras 2006). Trained in Person-Centred Pedagogy and Counselling (University of Patras), Museum Education (University of Patras), Environmental Education (Greek Ministry of Education), Art Education and Learning through Games (Erasmus+) and on European Union issues (Teachers4Europe/EU Delegation in Greece/University of Piraeus). Specialized in Architecture, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management and Industrial Archaeology (National University of Athens/Erasmus+). Member of Kronistes, which is a group dedicated in the research and rescue of "Kronos" factory in Eleusis (www.kronistes.gr), and V.I.D.A. (Vault of industrial digital Archives: www.vidarchives.gr), a team engaged in archiving Greek industrial heritage. He has participated in international and Greek conferences on Greek Industrial Heritage.

MAVROIDI MARIA

Historian-industrial archaeologist, she studied history at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (EKPA). She pursued postgraduate studies in industrial archaeology at the Ironbridge Institute at the University of Birmingham and completed her doctoral dissertation at School of Cultural Technology and Communication at the University of the Aegean (2010), entitled: “The Greek machine-making sector in 1920-1950 and the documentation of historic machinery”.
She is systematically involved in researching, recording and documenting Greek industrial heritage, in rescuing and classifying industrial enterprises’ archives and saving oral history. She has participated in the scientific team of the Industrial Museum of Ermoupolis, in the establishment of the Museum of Agriculture of the Agricultural University of Athens, while at the same time she has undertaken the scientific curation of exhibitions mainly on the history of technology and industrial heritage. She has published articles / announcements / contributions in collective volumes and has participated in writing scientific books.
She has taught at seminars about industrial archaeology in collaboration with EKPA. She is the chairwoman of the board of the Hellenic Department of TICCIH (The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage).

VAKALOPOULOU MARILENA

Cultural expert specialising in Greek Culture, graduate of the Hellenic Open University. Her specialisation has since focused on the Management of Cultural Policy and, in particular, on the Management of Industrial Heritage, having studied it in a special educational programme of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens.
She is a researcher of Industrial archaeology and a founding member of V.I.D.A. She is also a founding member of Kronistes group which, since its creation in 2014, aims to save, restore and reuse Kronos Factory in Eleusis. For this purpose, the Kronistes group has made presentations at International and Greek Conferences, public presentations and appeals at the Ministry of Culture and Sports, as well as publications in scientific journals.
She has also worked as a researcher on the project entitled "Virtual journey on the industrial paths of Naoussa", where she recorded, documented and conducted historical research on the inactive industries of Naoussa. She has recorded (from audio-visual material) testimonies and narratives of Greek immigrants in Limburg, Belgium, where they worked in the coal mines, aiming in producing a documentary by M. Dermitzaki and publishing it in a book-album published with the support of ErfgoedcelMijn-Erfgoed (Limburg) and the Greek communities of Limburg-Belgium.

The main goals of the civil non-profit organisation V.I.D.A. is the study, rescue, protection, highlighting and promotion of Greek industrial culture and its heritage, in its material and intangible manifestations. In order to promote these goals, V.I.D.A. records, prepares studies, participates in research projects, produces printed and audiovisual material, forms volunteer groups, organises educational activities, exhibitions and meetings, collaborates with other organisations and educational institutions in Greece and internationally.

The "personality" of V.I.D.A., both in objectives and in principles is described in its Statute (in Greek). For all those who believe that they can help with this difficult task, we will be very happy to find them accompany us, as described in the ways of participation.

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