A Thessaloniki of Refugees; remembrance and history education through local archival sources of documents, images and sounds

Core features of the practice

  • Organisation:

    Institution name: Historical Archive of Macedonia
    Institution type: State institution
    Institution URL: http://gak.thess.sch.gr/
  • Format:

    Seminar, Workshop, Exhibition
  • Target population:

    Students, Educators in formal settings, General public/non-specialist audience
  • Cost (per practice):

  • Setting:

    Your institution
  • Themes:

    Remembrance education and/or history education, Citizenship/democracy education, Critical thinking
  • Core activities:

    Group work, Lecture, Slide presentation

Additional information about the practice

    Target population

  • Number of participants:

    Up to 34
  • Age of target population:

  • Additional specifics:

    Other:, na
  • Components of the practice

  • Topics and objectives:

    Now running for 6 years, the practice is a cycle of thematic educational programmes offered by our organisation under the title of “KLEIO: Remembrance – History – Archives”. Our aim is to familiarise young people with archival sources and help them view these sources as documents of social and humanitarian studies based on selected thematic axes/projects. In particular: KLEIO 1- “A Thessaloniki of images and sounds” KLEIO 2- “A Thessaloniki of refugees”
  • Materials used:

    Written or other published material, Audiovisual material, Online material
    Link to the material:
    1. http://arxeiomnimon.gak.gr/
  • Material produced:

    Written material, Audiovisual material
  • Sequence of activities - methodology:

    The workshops (group of 20-25 pupils) involve the presentation of archival and bibliographic sources (in hard copy and digital format) gathered by the General State Archives – Historical Archive of Macedonia for these particular thematic units/projects. With the assistance of experienced historians / archivists and librarians, cross-curricular/interdisciplinary approaches are taken, using old postcards, newspapers, proclamations of the German occupation, albums, architectural designs, documents, etc.
  • Length of activity:

    Up to 5 hours
  • Is the activity digital?:

  • Accessibility and replicability

  • Language(s) in which activity can be delivered:

  • Is specialist knowledge or professional training required?:

  • If yes, which type?:

    Remembrance, history, or museum education

Qualitative Details

  • Has this practice been evaluated?

  • How many times?:

  • By whom?:

    Instructor delivering the practice
  • By what means?:

    Qualitative written feedback
  • Core content knowledge and transferable skills:

    a critical understanding of history and historical sources; giving teachers the methodological tools to use history education to impart citizenship skills to their students
  • Indicators of success:

    repeat demand, interactive pedagogical method, highly adaptable / scaleable, addresses new topic or target population
  • Educational coordinator contact details:

    Name: Triantafyllia Kourtoumi
    Email address: modarch@sch.gr


The RETHINK project is concerned with bridging formal and informal education. This section explores the factors that make a practice adaptable.

  • Key factors for successful implementation:

    Subject expertise of presenter/instructor
  • Main challenges to teachers adapting this practice for their students:

    - the ability to make further educational use of archival material in the field of Social Sciences in order to develop the critical skills of pupils/students - strengthening of the learning/research environment with new original sources (in addition to text books) in order to determine additional causal relations between events (cross-curricular/interdisciplinary approach)
  • Availability of guidance/training/replication materials (and in what language/format currently):

    In Greek and available only by request to the Archive staff.
  • Other comments or details:

    The activities are suitable for groups of between 5-34 participants (not only 5-14 as indicated in question 9) The activities are suitable for ages 16-25 (not only 16-18 as indicated in question 10).