Discover how it was to grow up in Neolithic Malta!

Getting dressed (looking good)

Create and decorate a headdress like the one worn by a Neolithic statuette.


Wheat has been a staple in the diet of the people of Malta and Gozo since prehistoric times. Besides the production of bread, it features regularly in a variety of confections, savouries and pastries. These four traditional recipes are some of the most popular examples. While heavily reliant on the same basic ingredient – wheat flour, the end products are poles apart, ranging from pungent to sugary.


Discover how it was to grow up in Neolithic Malta!

Rise and Shine (Keeping clean and healthy)

Watch the video first and then proceed to download the resource provided below.

What kind of animals were around in the Neolithic and how do we know this?


4 Issues (Maltese & English) – Malta during World War II

Standing at the centre of the Mediterranean and being adorned with formidable havens, Malta was often in the thick of key events that impinged dramatically on world history. Chief amongst these is World War II, when between 1940 and 1942 it became the most bombarded place on earth, receiving some 3000 air raids. Against all odds, the resilient Maltese stood still and earned the coveted George Cross for their ‘heroism and devotion’.

These four issue of ‘The Portal’ provide an overview of the salient points of this dreadful experience.



Be The Artist – Theme 5

What do roman mosaics and smartphone screens have in common? They are both made up of hundreds or thousands of pixels or small dots of colour placed closely together. The smaller the size of the pixels, the closer to real life the image will look. In roman mosaics, these dots of colour are called tesserae and consist of neatly cut naturally-coloured stone or hand-made glass.

Interested in mastering the craft? … here is a beginners course, and you can even have your masterpiece exhibited at MUZA – the national community art museum!


Aqra u Agħti l-Kulur

Wirt Natural

Although heavily exploited by humans for centuries on end, the Maltese Islands consist of important ecosystems mostly because of their isolation from the African and European continents. This leads to unique specialisation and to the evolution of distinctive species. Indeed, Malta, Gozo, Comino, Filfla and St Paul’s Islands, together with a handful of rocks and stacks, support a variety of endemic flora and fauna species.

Il-Bużaqq / Il-Farfett tal-Fejġel / Il-Merill / Il-Qabru / Is-Siġra tal-Għargħar / Widnet il-Baħar

*resource in Maltese


Il-Każ ta' Katerina Dimech (rumanz grafiku)

Who was Katerina Dimech?
Why was she tried in the Inquisition tribunal?

This graphic novel answers these questions. It is aimed at secondary school students as it explores the true story of Katerina Dimech, a 45-year-old woman accused of witchcraft in the mid-17th century. The artwork of the graphic novel is based on photography shot in the tribunal room during the ‘Malti fl-Istorja’ thematic programme organised by Heritage Malta Education and Outreach in collaboration with the Maltese Department within the Directorate of Learning and Assessment Programmes.

*novel in Maltese


Pose For Art

Be The Artist – Theme 4

Participants were asked to choose one from six works of art, on display at MUŻA & selected for this competition, analyse the object or artwork, strike a similar pose and ask the most talented photographer in the house to take their photo.


Aqra u Agħti l-Kulur

Il-Bibien tal-Ibliet u l-Fortizzi

The 268-year stay of the Knights of St John (1530-1798) had a dramatic and lasting effect on the Maltese Islands, in particular the architectural heritage. Besides crafting an impressive list of palatial and religious compounds, they left no stone unturned to defend the Islands from Ottoman hostilities. Indeed, they invested huge amounts of resources to defend the main settlement areas with impregnable lines of fortifications. These include the seven walled towns (Valletta, Floriana, Vittoriosa, Senglea, Cospicua, Mdina and the Gozo Citadel), and five bold fortresses (Fort St Angelo, Fort St Elmo, Fort Ricasoli, Fort Manoel and Fort Chambray).



Be The Artist – Theme 3

Participants are being provided with a set of patterns to create an armour (breast & black plates + pauldrons) very much similar to the ones worn by the Knights of St John and their troops during the 16th and 17th centuries.  Patterns for ancillary shields and swords are also being made available. Unleash your imagination to make your own cuirass ….



4 Issues (Maltese & English) – Maltese Language from Establishment of First Standard Alphabet to Acknowledgement as Official EU Language

This year marks the first century from the establishment of the Akkademja tal-Malti. Founded on 14 November 1920 with the aim of promoting Maltese as a written language, it has played an instrumental role in the standardisation of Maltese orthography and has spearheaded the acknowledging of Maltese as the National Language of Malta and eventually one of the official languages of the EU.

Heritage Malta and the Akkademja tal-Malti joined forces to commemorate this milestone anniversary with a string of initiatives.



Be The Artist – Theme 2

Although small, the islands of Malta and Gozo are endowed with a unique patrimony. This includes a wide range of mouth-watering dishes with rich aromas and strong flavours.

As part of its educational and outreach programme, Heritage Malta’s museums and sites host various events on traditional cuisine, in particular confections related to specific periods of the annual cycle. This first set of four recipes focuses on some of Malta’s most popular confections.



4 Issues (Maltese & English) – Constitutional Achievements from Independence to EU Accession

Heritage Malta’s repertoire of didactic resources includes a series of posters highlighting landmark events in our modern history. The set downloadable here focus on four constitutional milestones, namely Independence, the establishment of the Republic, the departure of the last foreign forces and EU accession.

Produced in collaboration with the Education Department.



This interactive work book allows you to visit and explore the historic coin collection on display at the National Museum of Archaeology, even if the museum is currently closed. You can virtually travel through Malta’s numismatic story through the ages.



Be The Artist – Theme 1

This resource provides an overview on the most prominent Prehistoric Temples found on the Maltese Islands. A ‘Word Search’ game is also included at the end of the booklet.