In March 2012, the EU, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) allocated 13,390,000 million Euros (85% EU, 15% Local Government) for the restoration, conservation and re-use of Heritage Malta’s areas in Fort St. Angelo. The project will first assess the historic fabric of the Fort by retaining, conserving and re-using practically all pre-1979 buildings and reinstating lost features that used to define the original configuration and layout of the respective spaces. A total of 16,000m2 of area within the Fort will be restored.
Secondly, this project will craft an engaging and multifaceted cultural experience. Heritage Malta’s vision is to place the Fort as the centre of attention of all the visitors. Therefore, such experience would highlight the development of the Fort throughout the ages and its role in the overall defence of the Maltese Islands and even exploit its strategic location to interpret the Grand Harbour, Malta’s most priced natural resource. This will make it possible for the visitor to interact with the Fort’s history through the ages. To aid such interaction, heritage trails and the virtual interpretation of inaccessible underground spaces would be available.
Overall, besides restoration and the setting up of an interpretation centre focused on the Fort, this project will also include multifaceted visitor amenities including: an orientation point, hands-on educational facilities, and a museum shop. Other parts of the Fort would be available for thematic overnight stays and appropriate large scale cultural events. In all, this project will provide an area of 6,500m2 of open space within the Fort made available to the public for the first time, thus offering the opportunity to experience Fort St. Angelo – an irreplaceable icon in Malta’s identity.