Education and culture form a key pillar of the Bank’s social responsibility.
Τhe Bank acts as a guardian and disseminator of culture, and is committed to educating the public on a broad range of issues.
The actions undertaken by Bank of Greece in the areas of research, education and culture are outlined below.
The Bank’s rich publishing activity includes its regular reports and other economic and financial publications, as well as publications of cultural, historical and scientific content.
The Bank of Greece organises conferences, workshops, exhibitions and events focusing on economic and cultural issues, also addressed to wider non-expert audiences.
Cooperation with other institutions
The Bank of Greece cooperates with various institutions by providing or loaning exhibition material (coins, works of art, books, etc.), by contributing to the digitisation of archives, etc.
In March 2013, the Bank of Greece established the Centre for Culture, Research and Documentation, which includes:
Through its Museum, the Bank of Greece presents the monetary and economic history of modern Greece, from the design and introduction of the first modern Greek monetary system in 1828 to the creation of the euro area and Greece’s participation in the single currency.
The Museum is responsible for the Bank's collections which include coins, artworks (paintings, sculptures, prints, ceramics) as well as objects of aesthetic value: architectural elements (stained glass, mosaics, frescoes), furniture, antique decorative objects, photographs.
As part of its educational role and given that the vast majority of visitors are high school and university students, the Bank of Greece Museum offers guided tours tailored to the needs of this age group. Moreover, the Museum hosts educational events focused on specific economic topics such as inflation, electronic payments, the euro, or designed to promote financial literacy among the public.
The Library of the Bank of Greece is an invaluable repository of the country’s economic history. As a specialised economic library, it supports the Bank’s research and other activities and contributes to providing its users with information and financial education through seminars, broadcasts, discussions and actions under the Hellenic Economic Libraries Network (HELIN). Furthermore, it provides information literacy education to its visitors or remote users of its electronic resources.
Also, the Library contributes to social responsibility by donating dozens of books and magazines to enrich the collections of various libraries across Greece, especially during the economic crisis.
The Historical Archives
Ever since the Bank’s establishment in 1928, its Historical Archives unit has systematically worked to collect and preserve a wealth of historical records as invaluable input to numerous research projects and as a vivid testimony of the important role of the Bank in the country’s economic and social development.
The publications of the Centre for Culture, Research and Documentation serve the Centre’s overall objective, which is to promote and showcase the role of the Bank of Greece in the country’s economic, social and cultural development. They include books, as well as printed material related to the activities of the Centre’s other Sections (Library, Historical Archives, Museum).