The Superintendence of Cultural Heritage would like to thank the participating cultural heritage entities and local councils for their valuable contribution during the European Heritage Days 2012.
Preserving Our Cultural Heritage: Works in Progress… is the theme of the 2012 European Heritage Days. During the 26, 27 and 28 October a number of historical buildings shall be opened for public enjoyment. Buildings that have either been recently restored, are generally less frequented or which are normally closed to the public will be the main focus.
During the European Heritage Days 2012 historical properties shall be opening for free or at reduced rates. The public is encouraged to support local heritage entities with donations to assist them in their mission of safeguarding and presenting our cultural heritage.
Local heritage NGOs Din l-Art Ħelwa, Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna, Għaqda Bajja San Tumas and Wirt Għawdex as well as the Local Councils of Marsaskala and Tarxien shall be participating. On the 28 October, Heritage Malta shall be opening its doors at their Head Office in Bighi – the former naval hospital now housing the conservation centre. During the Open Day at Bighi visitors will be given an intimate tour of Heritage Malta’s conservation labs and an insight into the conservation of paintings, textiles, books and paper, metals and objects. Educational activities will be ongoing including specific guided tours for adults and children. Visitors will also be able to visit the scientific labs and maintenance workshops. Old Maltese buses will also be on view during the day. Artists will be painting on site and a crafts exhibition shall also be set up by Heritage Malta employees.
2012 marks the 10th year since the enactment of the Cultural Heritage Act 2002. It is therefore appropriate that the selected theme focuses on celebrating the diversity of cultural heritage entities working in Malta. Visitors are encouraged to visit these historical properties and appreciate that conservation is a collective responsibility as well as an ongoing commitment. The Superintendence of Cultural Heritage is coordinating the event.
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