As a Maltese living abroad stop a few minutes to savour the historical heritage and culture that your family’s birthplace can offer. Malta and Gozo are but an archipelago blessed by the second highest concentration of historical sites in the world. The archipelago boasts of a multitude of churches, palaces and museums as well as the oldest free-standing buildings in the world: the Maltese temples. All these finely wrapped in a background of blue sky and sea as well as hilly landscapes that, along with the local festas and ongoing activities round the clock, can only guarantee the most pleasurable of time.
Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti
FPM is a non-profit making organisation spreading awareness of the island’s heritage locally and internationally, through museums, exhibitions and publications. Its mission is to collect and disseminate information, to assist with research, produce publications, catalogues, books, documents and other material that reflects the same aim. It also publishes the Treasures of Malta magazine which is issued three times a year.
Treasures from Malta is a new podcast series presented by Francesca Balzan, art historian and artist with a long connection with FPM. It includes a number of individual interviews. You can access the interviews with various Maltese personalities by clicking here: https://www.patrimonju.org/fpm-podcasts
The Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti launched a digital space dedicated to the permanent exhibition on Victor Pasmore works. The Victor Pasmore website chronicles the gallery’s past projects, offers an online experience for our permanent collection and shares more information about Pasmore and his Maltese contemporaries. The new digital space can be accessed on https://victorpasmoregallery.com/
Maltese museum in Australia keeps heritage alive
Did you know that there is a museum dedicated to Maltese culture, heritage and traditions in Morwell, Latrobe Valley in Australia?
This is Australia’s first and only museum dedicated to all things Maltese, and its primary aim is to keep Maltese-Australian expats connected to their home country.
The Latrobe Valley Maltese Museum was founded by Mario Sammut in 2018.
Heritage Malta (https://heritagemalta.mt/) manages over 90 museums and landmarks, national monuments and underwater sites including prehistoric caves, subterranean passageways, geology, ethnography, seven World Heritage Sites and industrial heritage.
It is a national agency committed to bringing culture closer to the people through facilitating interpretation and accessibility, both physical and intellectual, and turning museums and sites into spaces for the exchange of ideas and knowledge. It has a professional team of highly respected curators and archaeologists, architects, digital and scientific experts, conservators, and restorers.
Treasure to meet you is a new series of short videos where various curators, historians and personalities with hands-on experience of Maltese heritage found in various sites and museums who express what they think about prestigious items, artefacts in their collections, structures of particular interest and much more. This series of youtube videos can be accessed on: https://www.youtube.com/@HeritageMalta
The National Archives of Malta
The National Archives of Malta is the government entity that preserves and maintains a significant number of records concerning the history of Malta and provides access to them for research. It holds one of the largest archival collections in Malta, spanning from the 1530s up to the current day. The National Archives is more than government records. Many private collections are deposited and donated by individuals. These collections add context, depth, variety, as well as a different perspective on history, to the material already held in the repository. Visit us on https://nationalarchives.gov.mt/en/Pages/default.aspx
MEMORJA is the oral, sound and visual archive of the National Archives of Malta intent on become the Maltese Islands’ main depositor of national and public memory. By employing cutting-edge research, methodologies, theoretical and archival approaches, MEMORJA collects, records, transcribes and preserves community/shared and individual memories, oral history/traditions, knowledge and experiences as well as makes them available for research, interpretation and educational purposes. The digital platform of the project is being developed: https://www.memorja.com/
Maltese passport applications on Archives Portal Europe
The National Archives of Malta has uploaded a selection of passport applications from its holdings, covering the period 1870 – 1938, on Archives Portal Europe. These applications may be accessed on https://www.archivesportaleurope.net/home To search for a particular passport application, please go to the SEARCH tab at the top and enter the surname and/or name of the person in the search box on the right. Then, tick ‘Malta’ from the list of countries/archives on the left so that the search engine narrows the results to the Malta National Archives records.