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Heritage Malta is inviting the public to join in celebrating the 20th anniversary since its inception, with free entrance to its sites and museums and an open day at its headquarters in Bighi where visitors can have a close look at how the agency accomplishes the tasks entrusted to it.

Heritage Malta’s sites and museums – except the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, Underground Valletta and sites which are currently closed – will be open for free on Saturday 30th September. Normal opening hours apply, and no pre-booking is required.

The open day at Bighi headquarters is happening on Sunday 1st October, between 10:00 and 18:00. Visitors will be able to meet agency employees from various fields of expertise – including architects, scientists at work in their laboratories, conservators and tradesmen – and understand the crucial role of modern technology in preserving our national cultural heritage.

Events during the day have been planned to suit all tastes and ages. Children will have fun as they learn, through specially designed tours (that need to be pre-booked) and various other activities and attractions throughout the day. Students and seniors will be able to collect their Heritage Malta passports from Bighi on the day, bookworms may browse through several Heritage Malta publications, and Heritage Malta memberships will be available for purchase. There will be stalls with food and drinks.

To mark its 20th anniversary, Heritage Malta will also be holding a social event at Fort St Elmo for its current and retired employees, in recognition of their contribution to the agency along the years. The event will include the launch of an exhibition of artistic works by Heritage Malta employees. The exhibition comprises some 25 pieces, from paintings and drawings to jewellery, photography, sculptures, crochet, and cribs, amongst others. It will run until the end of the year and the public may visit it as part of the experience at Fort St Elmo.

Commenting about this important milestone for Heritage Malta, Noel Zammit, the agency’s Chief Executive Officer, said that in all its endeavours throughout these 20 years, Heritage Malta has been guided by a proactive strategy and a farsighted vision that anticipates trends in the sector and provides solutions to forecasted problems, based on the lessons learnt through experience. Heritage Malta’s employees have always been at the core of the agency’s operations, with their remarkable abilities in their respective fields and a positive attitude which has led Heritage Malta to various successes, to overcome obstacles such as the Covid-19 pandemic, and to be able to look to the future with confidence and optimism.

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