Academic Coordinator: Prof. Konstantinos Angelakos
Associates: George Priftis, Maria Tsouka
The Collection of School History and Education consists of original objects and archival material connected to the school equipment and the operation of the schools around Corfu and used for the education of earlier generations of schoolgoers (until the end of the 20th century). In addition, research interests highlighted throughout the collection have to do with issues of educational policy, history of education, as well as language teaching. This Collection also includes the School Museum of Corfu, located at Skripero.
The School Museum of Corfu was created in 2008, following the initiative of a retired primary education teacher, George Priftis. The Museum is located in the municipal district of Skripero, belonging to the Municipality of Central Corfu and is housed in the former Primary School there. This building was constructed at beginning of the 20th century, with state expenses and through the donations of Andreas Syggros.
The museum consists of 3 rooms, one large and two smaller ones. The large hall replicates a classroom of an older school with all the objects used, such as the teacher's chair, students' desks, the chalkboard, the bell, the rod, etc. Much of the collection was donated by/originates in donations made by schools from the region and people in the local community but also from material already found at the Elementary School of Skripero. The overarching theme here is the revival of the educational space and also, education methods across the 20th century. The essential goal is experiential learning, imparting to visitors a sense of being present in a school class of the last century, offering new experiences to the younger visitors, or bringing back memories for the older ones.
The Museum had no institutional status, other than support from the Friends of the School Museum of Corfu, an association that was founded in 2011. Recognizing the difficulties facing the Museum, the association decided in 2018 to integrate the School Museum into the Ionian University environment. Coming to present day and with the establishment of the University Museum in January 2019, care was taken that one of the three Collections of the Museum would focus on school and education issues. In this way, the wishes of the Association of Friends of the School Museum of Corfu were fulfilled, and so the School Museum became part of the Museum Collections of the Ionian University.