The Corfu Reading Society was founded in 1836 by a group of fourteen young local citizens. A prototype already existed in the eponymous society in Geneva (Societé de Lecture de Genève). The Reading Society now strives to perform a dual role: on the one hand it provides a centre for studying the culture of the Seven Islands, and on the other it functions as a guardian of the traditions and specific characteristics of this small region at a difficult time of social stress and personal alienation. The Society does this by capitalizing on its one hundred and seventy years’ history, on the contribution made by the individual personalities of its members during that time, on their commitment to confronting the key issues which preoccupied the country through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and on its possession of rich collections of books, papers, engravings, pictures, furniture and records.
The Reading Society was the first cultural institution of Modern Greece to be composed of honorary members, founding members and benefactors. Responsibility for the administration of the Reading Society devolves upon the Management Committee which is elected for a period of two years and consists of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, two library curators, and two curators of the building and its contents.
In accordance with its statutes, the purpose of the Society is to study and research issues that promote the culture of Corfu and the Seven Islands. Its special aims are the collection, preservation and display of historical, folkloric, archaeological, linguistic and artistic materials which bear witness to the cultural and intellectual life in the Ionian and Adriatic regions, as well as arranging art exhibitions and supporting local and regional cultural initiatives.
Corfu Reading Society
Open hours :
Monday – Saturday 09:30 to 13:30 and evenings Mon-Wed-Fri by appointment.