The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation is systematically engaged with Maritime History and Research. In its long course, it has undertaken initiatives, created partnerships and supported projects of other institutions with the aim of highlighting our maritime cultural heritage.
The Library has a Maritime Section, which is independent and constantly enriched, including today more than 15,000 titles. An important part of this dedicated library is the Maritime Law Library of Baron Leo Delwaide. This collection, with 7,700 books, is one of the most important libraries of International Maritime Law in the world. The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation leaded the creation of the Network of Maritime Libraries (Mar.Li.Net..), in which special and university libraries with important shipping collections participate.
The Foundation’s Maritime Collection consists of separate collections with topics related to the sea and seafaring. It includes sections with rare naval instruments from the 18th and 19th centuries, natural marine finds, paintings, works of art, and the archive of hydrobiologist Dr. Konstantinos Laskaridis on ichthyology, oceanography and all areas of fishing. Important part of the Maritime Collection, the Nelson Collection, includes personal items, dozens of letters and documents related to the English Admiral Horatio Nelson and is the largest collection outside the United Kingdom. Part of the Maritime Collection is on display in the building of the Historical Library.
In addition, the Foundation has undertaken the following initiatives:
- Full resotration and renovation of the stone-built lighthouses of Capes Tainaron and Maleas and the Dana lighthouse of Poros island
- Support of the underwater archaeological research at the Antikythera Shipwreck
- Support of the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities
- Exhibitions of the recent findings from the underwater archaeological excavations at the Antikythera Shipwreck (2016-2018)
- Support of the Hellenic Navy and the Hellenic Coast Guard