News

15 Mar

CLOSURE OF SITES

In the interest of our visitors and the general public, Din l-Art Helwa (National Trust of Malta) will be closing the heritage sites in its care for the forthcoming two weeks. We thank you all for your continued support. Din l-Art Helwa ...

05 Mar

Greta Thunberg to MEPs “We will not allow you to surrender our future”

On Wednesday, climate activist Greta Thunberg spoke at a meeting in the Parliament’s Environment Committee. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on Wednesday attended an extraordinary meeting of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee to talk about the European Climate Law. “The EU must lead the way – you have a moral obligation to do so”, Greta...

26 Feb

Joint NGO Press Release: Hands off referenda!

A referendum is one of the most democratic tools in any country, including Malta, and the right of voters to demand a referendum should not be hindered in any form or way. The proposal made by the hunting lobby to prevent the calling of an abrogative referendum in Malta and to curtail the power of voters to demand a referendum, is undemocratic and impinges negatively on...

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...

21 Aug

How to replace two protected houses with a nine-storey block, by Alex Torpiano

This is the story of two late 19th/early 20thcentury, Grade 2 scheduled, houses located within the St.Julian’s Urban Conservation Area, and abutting a “safeguarded area of natural coastline”, (North Harbours Local Plan policy, NHCV03). As Preface, in 2014, the redevelopment of the interior of the smaller house, is proposed behind the retained ca. 5.2m façade. The Superintendence of Cultural Heritage...

16 Aug

Authorities dragging their feet over fuel stations

PRESS RELEASE Din l-Art Helwa notes that the saga on the fuel station relocation policy goes on, with the risk that yet more land outside development zone is lost to the unquenchable thirst for such facilities whilst a proper policy is being drawn up. The preparation of the update of the fuel stations policy was first announced in January 2018. Sixteen...