Renowned prohibited historical book donated to Heritage Malta

A rare historical volume dating to 1728 has been donated to Heritage Malta by Patrick and Anne Hegarty. The book is an English translation of the first volume of the series ‘Histoire des Chevaliers Hospitaliers Saint-Jean de Jérusalem’ which was originally published by the Abbé René Aubert de Vertot in 1726. Only a few copies […]

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First Underwater Cultural Heritage Unit for the management and protection of underwater cultural assets launched

Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici announced the launch of the first Underwater Cultural Heritage Unit within Heritage Malta which will see to the managing and protection of underwater cultural assets. “Thanks to this initiative, we will see to the setting up of underwater archaeological parks which will bring a number of […]

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Some of Heritage Malta’s sites affected by severe weather conditions

Due to yesterday’s severe weather conditions, the Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park in Qrendi, Fort St Elmo in Valletta, and Fort St Angelo in Birgu were not open to the general public, mainly for health and safety reasons. The Malta Maritime Museum was temporarily closed in the afternoon owing to electricity outage. Although the […]

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Heritage Malta registers as objector to proposed development in Giardino Zamittello

Heritage Malta, as the national agency of the Government of Malta for cultural heritage, and as the official holder of the title of the property of Villa Frere, has formally requested to be registered as objector to the development application PA/00698/19 since this proposal would ultimately mean the destruction of the magnificent and important historic […]

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Heritage Malta to host exhibits from the Captain Jacques Cousteau Collection

A loan agreement between the Cousteau Foundation and Heritage Malta will be offering the general public a unique opportunity to view a selection of objects that were used by the legendary Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau. It is planned that the exhibition will be available to the public in 2021, when major structural works at the Malta […]

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HMS Penelope (97) coming home on 75th anniversary of its sinking

The donation of a ship model of HMS Penelope (97) by Brian Franklin and Peter Lever to Heritage Malta has reminisced the narrative of this brave yet unfortunate vessel which led a short but eventful life during the Second World War. During this presentation, a moment of silence was observed in respect of all the […]

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Heritage Malta teams up with NGO to protect Villa Frere gardens

The recently restored Royal Gazebo of Villa Frere gardens in Pietà acted as an iconic background to the signing of a partnership and management agreement between Heritage Malta and NGO Friends of Villa Frere for the promotion, public availability, and the running and operation of the historical site. Such an agreement was the first of […]

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Accidental find at Għar Dalam

Archaeological investigations are currently under way at the prehistoric site of Għar Dalam. These studies were instigated by the discovery of dumped material in a dilapidated room located close to Għar Dalam cave which contained numerous fragments of prehistoric animal bones. This accidental find took place last May during the removal of vegetation from above […]

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Merging the ancient use of clay with contemporary art

A group of students from the Malta Society of Arts attended to a private guided tour at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta. This tour, which was led by Heritage Malta Senior Curator, Sharon Sultana, discussed the significance of clay throughout the Early Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Phoenician periods, when the material was used […]

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Archaeology, archaeogenetics and identity: genetic research within the Maltese context

Throughout history, one of the deepest mysteries of the human experience was the question of identity. By studying the material remains of past societies and their environment, the discipline of archaeology has helped to shed light on identity, be it national, ethnic or otherwise. One of the most recent developments in archaeology – archaeogenetics – […]

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