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25 Nov

The farce has to stop – Alex Torpiano

The Planning Authority farce of protecting heritage buildings while burying them under multi-storey extensions is changing into a tragedy. The misguided concept of protecting Grade 2 scheduled properties but allowing them to be overpowered by multi-storey extensions, perched on top of the ‘protected’ facades, has been called out many times by Din l-Art Ħelwa, and others. The debacle in Spinola...

25 Nov

New issue of Vigilo just published

The latest issue of Din l-Art Ħelwa’s magazine Vigilo has just been published. Packed with features and news, it includes articles on the heritage of Hamrun, Villa Barbaro in Tarxien, community at Bormla, Domus Zamittello in Valletta, Palazzo Carafa, Xatt l-Aħmar in Gozo, documents at the notarial archives, the role of bombardiers, niche statues of St Roque, and much more. With...

09 Sep

An open letter to Aaron Farrugia – Godfrey Swain

  Dear minister Aaron Farrugia, if you have ever had the pleasure of driving into San Lawrenz from the north-west approach from Għarb through the hamlet of San Pietru you will be rewarded with a picturesque, beautiful village skyline reminiscent of a time gone by as you enter the village through Triq Il-Wileġ, a...

31 Jul

GUIDELINES COVID 19

For the health and safety of visitors, Din l-Art Ħelwa advises that we are observing the following regulations: Visitors must endeavour to observe the 2 metre social distancing rule. Maximum capacity of each building is communicated at each site. Acrylic shields have been fixed for your safety to reception desks where these are manned. We will ask you to provide us with your contact...

07 Jul

Abandoned and Abused – Qbajjar Battery

Since Din l-Art Helwa’s 55th Anniversary June edition of its journal, Vigilo, published an article on the Qbajjar Battery at Qolla l-Bajda, Gozo, the state of abandon and the sad story of inefficient asset management by the authorities, was highlighted in a number of circles and in the media, and was also the...

08 Jan

Join Us in Urging the U.S. Government to Protect Iran’s Cultural Heritage Sites

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has long recognized that the intentional destruction of cultural sites is a blemish on all humankind—a principle now enshrined in international law. Historic places around the world are part of the cultural heritage that belongs to all of us. We suffer a collective loss when places of cultural significance are destroyed in times of conflict...

05 Oct

Dire need for buffer zones – Joanna Spiteri Staines

  The Sunday Times of Malta (September 29) carried a full page advert from the Planning Authority (PA) with an attractive image of a patinated timber louvered panelled door and the headline message: “Preserving our Heritage is not expensive: it’s Priceless”. Rather interesting to see the Planning Authority marketing itself as respecting Malta’s heritage. Truth be told, I personally know many...

14 Jul

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN AN ERASMUS HERITAGE EXPERIENCE:

Dear Members, we hope you are enjoying the summer.     We bring you news of a: UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN A ERASMUS HERITAGE EXPERIENCE: There are 2 places left for youths from 18 – 30 years to experience hands-on restoration, in Villognon, France. All travel and living costs paid. Interested persons to call Ghislaine Calleja on 79054271 or email : ghisycalleja@gmailcom Do spread the word and let your...

17 Jun

Thumbs down to proposed Floriana Observation Wheel

PRESS RELEASE Din l-Art Ħelwa gives a thumbs down to proposed Floriana Observation Wheel Planned to stand 45 metres high, and located off St Publius Street near the Granaries, the construction of an Observation ‘Wheel’ at Floriana has been found totally unacceptable to Din l-Art Ħelwa, National Trust of Malta.  The heritage NGO has made its objections known to the Planning Authority...