The Society of Cypriot Studies was
honoured for its activities and contribution with a prize by the
Athens Academy on 24 March 1946. The basic objectives of the Society
are the collection, preservation, study and publication a) of the
historical material related to all periods of Cyprus History; b) of
the linguistic material referring to the history and evolution of
the Cypriot dialect; c) of the folklore material from all periods of
Cyprus history and d) the collection of works of Cypriot folk art
and their preservation, study and promotion.
The main activities of the
publication of a scientific newsletter entitled “Cypriot
Studies”. To date 68 volumes have been put in circulation. In
this newsletter are published studies referring to the history,
archaeology, folklore, language, art, education of Cyprus, and
other related subjects. In 1946 it was awarded a prize by the
A series of independent publications referring to aspects of
Cyprus culture. Twelve of these have been published so far.
The founding of the Museum of Folk Art (1937). Here are
displayed weaving, lace work, wood carvings, and silverwork,
basket-weaving and other artefacts from the island’s folk art.
The Museum is housed on the ground floor of the old residence of
the Archbishopric which was offered to the Society for this
purpose by Archbishop Makarios II (1947-1950), of blessed
memory. Most actively involved in the formation and enrichment
of the Folk Art Museum were Adiamantios Diamantis of blessed
memory and the folklorist Eleni Papademetriou.
The stocking of the library with books, mainly of Cyprological
subject matter, as well as with a number of manuscripts.
The organisation of an International Cyprological Conference, of
which three have been held to date (1969, 1982 and 1996) and
whose minutes have been published. In 2008 it is expected that
the fourth Cyprological Conference will be take place on the 29
The organisation of scientific lectures and announcements
concerning subjects related to Cyprus and her culture.
The establishment of the
honorary prizes “Constantinos Spyridakis” and “Adiamantios
Diamantis”, awarded to graduating lyceum students for achieving
the highest marks in Literature subjects and distinction for
their overall contribution to the visual arts activities in
their school during the three years of their student life,
The Society of Cypriot Studies and Cyprus Education: parallel
Participation in Erasmus Programme
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