Paid for by public subscription, the monument commemorated Queen Victoria’s 50th Jubilee. It depicts her with a lace shawl, as she had ordered “eight dozen pairs long and eight dozen pairs short mitts, besides a scarf” of Malta lace.
Like all public monuments, the monument representing Queen Victoria is exposed to varying weather conditions. Over time, constant fluctuations in temperature and wet and drying processes affect the various components of the monument. Pigeon colonies in the square also cause damage.
The restoration works removed all surface grime, biological growth and deposits. The missing elements were reconstructed and the bronze coat-of-arms were cleaned, stabilized and given various protective layers.
The restoration project was generously sponsored by M. Demajo Group, as part of its celebrations of 100 years of continuous operation.
The work was entrusted to Heritage ResCo, and carried out by conservators Ingrid Ross, together with James Licari and Frank Chetcuti who also work as lecturers and conservator-restorers with Heritage Malta. The Valletta/Mdina/Kottonera Rehabilitation Project within the Ministry of Resources and Rural Affairs provided the scaffolding.