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Until 31 March 2019

Exhibition Core and Periphery: Mdina and Safi in the 9th and 10th centuries

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

This exhibition is the first of a series prepared by the National Museum of Archaeology dedicated to MEDIEVAL MALTA.
 
This exhibition presents some of the results obtained from two rescue excavations carried out in Mdina in 2008 and Safi in 2015. Both excavations yielded precious archaeological information on Malta’s Dark Ages – a period of dramatic historical change that saw the end of Byzantine domination and the arrival of the Arabs in Malta. The ceramic typology for these periods is being presented for the first time, as a way of introducing a wider discussion on the society and the economy of Malta in the 9th and 10th Centuries. In particular the exhibition focuses on the dual nature of urban versus rural life in the period.

Admission to the exhibition free of charge.

In collaboration with the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage and the University of Malta.

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1 March

LectureA new age in the conservation of cultural heritage sites: Computer modelling of the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum environment

Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Visitor Centre, Qrendi

 

The talk will be given by Pierre Sandre Farrugia and will focus on a recent project that was carried out by the University of Malta in collaboration with Heritage Malta, that focused on the creation of a virtual working model of the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum. Environmental data collected from the site was integrated into the model and simulations were carried out, resulting in the recognition of airflow features within the site.

The talk will be carried out in English and light refreshments will follow.

Lecture starts at 18.00hrs

Seating on a first come first served basis. Free admission. 

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6 March

Lecture Strip – The Urban Regeneration Debate

MUŻA, Auberge D’Italie, Valletta

 

For the third consecutive year, SACES shall be will be holding the annual debate ‘STRIP’ aimed at bringing together the minds of individuals from different fields and ideas to tackle the major current issues prevailing in Malta. The discussion shall bring forward the concept of urban regeneration and how we Maltese perceive this in relation to our environment and to our economy, redirecting the way towards which Malta’s built environment is heading.The panel of speakers shall consist of a range of experts with architectural, urban, social, conservation and environmental backgrounds that should provide a wide perspective on the topic.

Event starts at 18.30hrs

Reserve your seat online at: sacesmalta.com/strip2019

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10 March

OPEN DAY Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi

 

 

On Sunday 10th March, visit Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Archaeological Park in Qrendi, admission will be free of charge. 

Apart from viewing the temples and their environs, visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the adjacent interactive visitor centre. Several activities will be held throughout the day, including a guided tour of the temples at 10.00am.

Opening hours: 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).

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10 March

Event Aspects of the Castrum Maris in 1400

For St Angelo, Birgu

 

In collaboration with Heritage Malta, Fort St Angelo will be hosting a medieval re-enactment by the Historical Re-enactment Group Malta (HRGM) with the theme Aspects of the Castrum Maris in 1400. This event will run between 10:00 and 16:00hrs.

At 14:00hrs an outdoor presentation by the HRGM re-enactors titled ‘Life in the Castrum Maris’.
 
On the day, regular admission ticket prices apply.

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13 March

Lecture St. George and al-Khidr: A Mediterranean Saint for Christians and Muslims

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta 

 

In collaboration with the The Archaeological Society Malta, a talk by Dr Erica Ferg, assistant professor of Liberal Arts at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

In a the Levant, agricultural communities of Jews, Christians, and Muslims, for at least the last 800 years, have largely shared and jointly venerated three important holy figures: Jewish Elijah, Christian St. George, and Muslim al-Khidr. In the Eastern Mediterranean today, this veneration mainly takes place around the figures of St. George and al-Khidr, who are shared – and often conflated – between local communities of Christians and Muslims. This talk investigates the figures and the phenomenon, and offers a useful example of shared religious practices in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Time: 18.00hrs

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13 March

Lecture Stories and Histories: The genesis of the national collection of paintings and sculptures

MUŻA, Auberge D’Italie, Valletta

 

We’re delighted to announce the first ever season of lectures and special events happening at MUŻA between March and July 2019.

Fresh from his PhD research on the national collection and its reading as a visualisation of identity, Senior Curator Sandro Debono shall explore the genesis of the collection that is now MUŻA through the lens of British colonial politics and the cultural ambitions which shaped the collection.  

Event starts at 18.45hrs.

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15 March

Event Neolithic Steel (Gaulitana – a festival of music)

Ġgantija Temples, ix-Xagħra, Gozo

 

Hosted by the Ġgantija Temples as part of the 13th edition of the Gaulitana Festival of Music, the concert will feature a saxophone quartet concert named ‘Neolithic Steel’.
 
Complimentary tickets for this concert are now available from the Ġgantija Temples (ix-Xagħra) and from the Gozo Museum of Archaeology (Cittadella). Tickets must be booked and collected directly from the reception of these two sites. 

Tickets available on a first come, first served basis. 

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16 March

Event Lejl Imkebbes (organised by the Ministry for Gozo)

Citadella Sites, Gozo

Lejl Imkebbes (Mediterranean Diwali) is a festival of lights that will take place at the Cittadella on Saturday 16th March. Over 30,000 candles of all forms will light up the narrow streets of the Cittadella, creating a wonderful magical atmosphere within this UNESCO World Heritage city, offering breath-taking 360-degree panorama of Gozo’s hills and valleys, villages and churches and a view right across the sea to Malta.

During this event, Heritage Malta’s museums, and the Citadel Visitor Centre, will open for free between 18.00hrs and 23.00hrs (last admission at 22.30hrs).

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16 March

Members’ Event – Guided tour of San Anton Palace

San Anton Palace, Attard

 

San Anton Palace currently serves as the official residence of the President of Malta. It has been serving this purpose since the office was created in 1974. Historically, it was first used by the Grand Masters of the Knights of St John. Afterwards it served as a residence to Civil Commissioners, Governors and Governors-General of Malta. Originally built in the early 17th century as a country villa for Antoine de Paule, it is nowadays surrounded by extensive gardens.

HM members’ tour will start at 09.45am.

TICKETS, available from all museums & sites, are complimentary for members, and 10 Euro for guests of members (on presentation of a valid membership card at the ticketing office).

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15 – 19 March

Exhibition Scale Model Exhibition

Malta Maritime Museum, Birgu

 

Displaying scale models of the highest quality, featuring aircraft, ships, military vehicles, historical and fantasy figures, cars, trucks and more.

Opening times: 09.00 – 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).

Admission at 2 Euro per person. 

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18 March

Event Sleep over and special behind the scene tour

National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

 

Bring your sleeping bags and spend a night at the National Museum of Natural History!

The event will include a guided tour of the biological collections in the company of the museum curators, to find out what goes on behind the scenes at the museum. Afterwards, there will be time for further discussions and the opportunity to sleep inside the museum itself!

A light dinner and breakfast will also be served.
 
The event will start at 7.00pm on the Monday 18th March and end at 08.00am the day after, Tuesday 19th March, a public holiday.
 
TICKETS: adults at €30, seniors / students €25, children €20 / HM members at €22. Tickets are available from all Heritage Malta museums and sites, & ONLINE.

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18 March

Lecture – “Not Marble Nor the Gilded Monuments…” Public statues in an anxious present

MUŻA, Auberge D’Italie, Valletta

 

A lecture by Pam Meecham (The Institute of Education, University College London) in collaboration with the Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education, (University of Malta).

In a period of global upheaval sometimes characterized as an Era of Uncertainty, over-looked public statues, silently occupying the city square or plaza have been making headlines. The site of nationalist rallying cries and demonstrations of democratic discontent the memorial monument is being pressed into service for social change becoming, some not for the first time, representative of inequalities and injustice. Pam Meecham’s talk will consider historic and contemporary engagement with statues and monuments to ask what is at stake in the interventions, removal and repurposing of statues in public places. It considers what kind of artworks might be needed in the future for cultures in transition.

Lecture starts at 19.30hrs.

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19 March

OPEN DAYDomvs Romana

Domvs Romana, Rabat

 

On the Feast of St Joseph, a public holiday, the Domvs Romana will open to the general public for free.

The Domvs Romana is home to a set of marble statues portraying Emperor Claudius together with his family, the only statues on display in a private house anywhere in the Roman empire!

Opening hours: 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).

Guided tours at 10.30am (in English) & 14.30pm (in Maltese).

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19 – 20 March

Event Spring Eqinox at Mnajdra Temples

Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi

 

Experience the Spring Equinox sunrise from Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi.
 
After the equinox there will be a tour of the temples, access to the Visitor Centre (including a 4D experience) and refreshments.
 
Time: 05.45am
 
TICKETS: €25 for adults, seniors & students. €20 for HM members. Tickets available from all HM museums/sites, and ONLINE.
 
Limited number of places available.
 
For further information call on 2142 4231.

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22 March

Event Natural history documentary & discussion

National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

The third session in a series of informal public meetings presenting various themes related to Malta’s natural environment. During this session we will be watching the documentary Strangers in the Garden produced in 1987 by the BBC and presented by David Attenborough. Similar to previous events, this will be followed by a discussion on the subject, and accompanied by some wine and nibbles.

Hosted at the National Museum of Natural History in Mdina, event starts at 18.30hrs.
 
Attendance is free of charge however, donations for the upkeep of the museum will be appreciated.

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22 March – 8 September 2019

Exhibition Behind Closed Doors: Fort St Angelo & the Royal Navy 1906 – 1979

Fort St Angelo, Birgu

 

A curated exhibition, marking the fortieth anniversary since the departure of foreign military forces from Malta on 31st March 1979. This exhibition portrays life in Fort St Angelo during its occupation by the Admiralty and sheds light on the different roles of the Fort and the services it offered to the Royal Navy and its staff.  Discover the numerous architectural modifications and why the fort was referred to as HMS Egmont and eventually HMS St Angelo. All of this is seen through the eyes of former service personnel who worked in this site.

Admission to this exhibition is included in the museum’s regular ticket price.

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29 March

Event Wine making tour

The event will consists of a tour of the grape delivery area and two fermentation halls. This will be followed by a wine tasting session that will take place inside a 17th Century vault.

– Tutored tasting of Delicata quality wines: 5 wines (1 Frizzante + 4 still wines)
– Food items: an assortment of 9 canapés or platters to share

Meeting place: at 17.30hrs, Floriana Mall Gardens (next to the Independence monument). Transport to the venue and back to Floriana included.

Time: 18.00hrs (until circa 21.00hrs)

TICKETS: at €35 per person (event open for adults, 17+, only). Tickets available from all museums and sites, & ONLINE.

Tickets available on a first come, first served basis.

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30 March

Event Curator’s tour of the exhibition ‘Core and Periphery: Mdina and Safi in the 9th and 10th centuries’

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

 

A guided tour of the exhibition ‘Core and Periphery: Mdina and Safi in the 9th and 10th centuries’. This exhibition presents some of the results obtained from two rescue excavations carried out in Mdina in 2008 and Safi in 2015.

This exhibition is the first of a series prepared by the National Museum of Archaeology dedicated to MEDIEVAL MALTA.

No prior booking is required to join this tour.

At the National Musuem of Archaeology, Valletta, at 10.00am

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31 March

Event Reduced admission and viewing of Regatta

Fort St Angelo, Birgu

Enjoy the traditional Regatta from the most strategic platform in the Grand Harbour! For the occasion, admission to Fort St Angelo will be reduced to €2! (Members of Heritage Malta enter for free).

Using typical traditional Maltese boats, like the ‘frejgatini’, ‘kajjikki’ and ‘dghajjes tal-pass’ and ‘tal-midalji’, the Regatta is a traditional rowing event that has been held in Malta since the Middle Ages.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the exhibition ‘Behind Closed Doors‘ currently on display at Fort St Angelo.

Additionally, the upper part of Fort St Angelo, managed by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, with be open to the public. Tours start at 11.00hrs, noon & at 13.00hrs. Tickets at €5 for adults, €3 for seniors & students, and €1.50.

Opening hours: 09.00hrs till 18.00hrs (last admission at 17.30hrs).

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Until 31 August 2019 

Exhibition Exploring the Phoenician Shipwreck off Xlendi, Gozo –
an exhibition highlighting discoveries from this innovative underwater project

Gozo Area Office Exhibition Hall, St Martin’s Quarter Street, Cittadella, Gozo

 

For over 10 years, the University of Malta has, in collaboration with a number of partners, used state of the art technologies to study and explore one of the most exciting underwater archaeological discoveries in the Central Mediterranean. This exhibition will highlight some of the innovative techniques used as well as stories of trade, exchange, production and consumption in the Archaic Mediterranean. Objects recovered from 110 meters below the surface will also be on display whilst audiovisual aids will help transport the viewer into an underwater world of historical discovery.

In collaboration with the University of Malta, and with the support of the Ministry for Gozo, Malta Tourism Authority, Malta International Airport and the Honor Frost Foundation.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 08.00 till 16.00hrs. Saturday and Sunday from 09.00 till 16.00hrs.

Admission free of charge.

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