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7 October – 20 January 2018 

Exhibition REL•INK – Indelible Narratives

Malta Maritime Museum, Birgu

An exhibition featuring oral accounts and images of tattoo designs of elderly Maltese men, who worked on ships or on the waterfront as stevedores, fishermen, longshoremen, dockers, sail makers, sailors, stewards, coalmen, firemen, Royal Navy service men, Merchant Navy men, firemen, stokers, labourers and others.  

Historical research, gathered from the National Archives of Malta, shows that tattoos were included in passport documents and referenced as visible distinguishing marks. The objective of the REL•INK project is to document local twentieth century tattoo designs so as to be able to build a digital archive featuring an open source resource.  

The project focuses on various aspects related to maritime history including employment, economic and maritime traditions and the movement of seamen and port workers from the 1900s up to World War II.

Admission to the exhibition FREE of charge.   

REL•INK is a community outreach project in collaboration with the Malta Maritime Museum, the Library Information and Archive Sciences Department of the University of Malta and Arts Council Malta.



11 November 2017 – 15 February 2018

ExhibitionMalta Wildlife Photography Exhibition

National Museum of Natural History, Mdina


Exhibition of the winning photographs of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition held earlier this year. Exhibition will display both the winners and the runners-up.

For this competitions, more than 340 images were submitted and the winning photos will be announced on Friday 10th November.

Photos were selected according to three categories; Flora, Fauna and Marine.

Exhibition will be hosted by the National Museum of Natural History in Mdina.

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



19 November 

Members’ EventIn Guardia Parade

Fort St Elmo, Valletta


Organised by the Malta Tourism Authority, the In Guardia Parade is a re-enactment which is renowned for capturing the imagination of viewers, who are transported back to the days of glory of Fort St Elmo, through full-scale military drills re-enactments in period costumes.
Meeting place: next to the Porta del Soccorso, Fort St Elmo.

Time: 10.30am

TICKETS: complementary tickets for HM members are available from all HM museums & sites (non-members can purchase tickets for the In Guardia at the door). 



26 November

EventGuided Tour of Fort Delimara  — FULLY BOOKED —

Fort Delimara, Marsaxlokk

The fort offers an insight into years gone by when it was still operational under the British forces. Participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes and to bring along a torch as visit will take us through unlit areas of the building.
TICKETS: Adults at €7, HM Members / seniors / students at €5. Tickets are available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites, and ONLINE.
Meeting place: outside Tas-Silg Chapel (Marsaxlokk) at 14.00hrs (until 16.00hrs).

For further information please call us on 22954000 (during office hours).


Participants must be +12 years of age.



6 December

Lecture Nature Behind Glass

National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

An opportunity to learn about the history of the Natural History Museum in Malta and about Heritage Malta’s on-going work related to natural history. This lecture will provide a historical overview from the origins of the collections and the various transitions which the museum went through to the present work being done by the national agency so as to preserve the collection under its custodianship.

Talk will be given by John J. Borg, Senior Curator at Heritage Malta’s Natural History Unit.

Light refreshments will follow the lecture. 

Time: 19.00hrs  

Venue: at the National Museum of Natural History, Mdina



International Exhibitions


Mediterraneo in Chiaroscuro

Ribera, Stomer e Mattia Preti da La Valletta 2018 a Matera 2019
– Museo Nazionale d’Arte Medievale e Moderna della Basilicata – Palazzo Lanfranchi’, Matera Italy
10 July 2017 – 8 November 2017

This joint exhibition project presents key works from the national collection at MUŻA – Mużew Nazzjonali tal-Arti including works by Mathias Stom, Jusepe Ribera Mattia Preti and Francesco de Mura together with a comparative selection of works from the Camillo d’Errico collection at Palazzo Lanfranchi and special loans from the Gallerie nazionali di Arte Antica di Roma – Palazzo Barberini.     

The exhibition is jointly curated by Marta Ragozzino (Director, Polo Museale di Matera), Sandro Debono (Senior Curator, MUZA – Muzew Nazzjonali tal-Arti), Mauro Fontana (Curator, Collezione Camillo d’Errico) and Alessandro Cosma (Gallerie Nazionali d’Arte Antica di Roma – Palazzo Barberini).   
The project is supported by the Maltese embassy in Rome and Matera 2019 foundation.


13 May – 26 November 2017

HOMO MELITENSIS: An incomplete Inventory in 19 Chapters

Malta Pavilion – La Biennale di Venezia, Arsenale, Venice, Italy

Curated by Bettina Hutschek and Raphael Vella, Homo Melitensis: An Incomplete Inventory in 19 Chapters combines the work of thirteen artists and a diverse selection of artefacts from national and private collections.

Through a non-hierarchical, achronological installation, the exhibition investigates Maltese identity via maps, folkloric objects, historical photographs, and contemporary artworks. Artefacts and paraphernalia intermingle in a series of chapters that reveal stories of nationhood, memory, war, diaspora, dreams, and island life, imagining an identity situated between truth and non-truth. Taxonomically and alphabetically organised in custom-made, spatial arrangements, Homo Melitensis–Maltese man–witnesses the transition from nation-state to an atomised, impenetrable existence, and is perplexed.

The Malta Pavilion is being commissioned by the Arts Council Malta, in collaboration with MUŻA – Mużew Nazzjonali tal-Arti (Heritage Malta) as part of the Cultural programme of the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture.




Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici

Palacio de Iturbide (Fomento Cultural Banamex), Mexico City, Mexico – 29 June 2017 to 15 October 2017

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, USA – 19 November 2017 to 18 March 2018

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA – 23 April 2018 to 5 August 2018

A groundbreaking exhibition devoted to 18th century Mexican painting, a vibrant period marked by major stylistic developments and the invention of new iconographies. The exhibition’s over 120 works (many unpublished and restored for the exhibition), will make a lasting contribution to the understanding of Mexican painting in particular and transatlantic artistic connections in the 18th century in general. Its main themes explore the painters’ great inventiveness and the varying contexts in which their works were created. The exhibition represents the first and most serious effort to date to reposition the history of 18th century painting in Mexico.

Heritage Malta is participating by lending two paintings by the 18th Century Mexican painter Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz from the National Collection.



Archive of Events – 2017
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