Heritage Malta’s Inquisitor’s Palace and the Malta Maritime Museum will be open until midnight during Birgufest on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October. Apart from the permanent display, these museums will be hosting several interesting exhibitions on various subjects including traditional costumes, folk music, contemporary art and Heritage Malta’s conservation project of Fort St Angelo.
Following the success attained in Gozo earlier this year, the Inquisitor?s Palace will be hosting the exhibition Peasant Costumes: Insights into Rural Life and Society, an exhibition of popular costumes from the National Collection. Much more than a display of the popular attire, this exhibition focuses on the production methods and pictorial representations that celebrate the rural dimension which for centuries served as the Islands? main breadwinning activity.
The exhibition Fort St Angelo Heritage Experience at the Malta Maritime Museum, includes graphical imagery and audiovisual footage of the Fort’s history from its misty origins right down to the closure of all military bases in Malta. This exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to appreciate further Heritage Malta?s ongoing extensive restoration project of the Fort.
Visitors to the Malta Maritime Museum will also have the opportunity to view other exhibitions including one about Charles Dickens and the Maltese Seamen. During the Royal Charter’s shipwreck off the Welsh coast on 26th October 1859, a certain Joseph Rogers excelled himself in bravery and saved numerous passengers from the sea. Rogers became a hero, and remained a popular figure in Victorian England. His real name was Guzie Ruggier from Birgu. The exhibition includes a small display of salvaged material from the wreck, original photos, and a copy of the painting of The Volunteer which depicts the tragedy.
Heritage Malta will also be hosting two other exhibitions at the Malta Maritime Museum. Like all other forms of art, music mirrors the society which produced it. An exhibition on folk music, apart from illustrating the production and relevance of traditional instruments, delves into the first recordings as precious snippets of early twentieth-century musical heritage. The other exhibition includes works by local contemporary artists set-up in collaboration with the Valletta 2018 Foundation on the occasion of the visit by the Selection Committee of the European Capital of Culture 2018 to Malta.