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The foundation and the aims of ILAEK

The Historical, Folklore and Archaeological Society of Crete (ILAEK) was founded in 1968 by a number of  prominent Chanians as  the Historical, Folklore and Archaeological Society of Western Crete. In 1981, the Society changed its name to the Historical, Folklore and Archaeological Society of Crete.
 
The aims of the Society are set out in its Rules as follows:
  • The study and promotion of Cretan history.
  • The discovery, collection, maintenance, preservation, restoration, repair and scientific research of  Cretan antiquities, including Christian, Byzantine, Venetian and other monuments.
  • The study of ancient Cretan everyday life and the exploration of various questions related to Byzantine and Medieval History, Archaeology and Art.
  • The promotion of interest in Cretan history, archaeology, folklore and art.
 
In pursuit of its aims the Society engages in a variety of activities: 
  • It supports and encourages historical research.
  • It organises  lectures, announcements and conferences. 
  • Whenever necessary, it undertakes the management and execution of excavations.
  • It organises outings to places of historical and/or archaeological interest.
  • It ensures the publication of historical or archaeological books, journals and theses and encourages any scientific work related to its purposes.
  • It publishes an annual periodical, the Κρητική Εστία (Cretan Hestia), which is devoted  to issues of Cretan History, Archaeology, Folklore and Art.

The Society’s library contains a big collection of books and pamphlets on local history, archaeology and architecture.