With reference to the press release issued earlier today by the Opposition, Heritage Malta clarifies that –
Heritage Malta has a commercial arm – Heritage Malta Services Ltd – which has been operating since 2005 with the aim of commercialising any resources that may be commercialised, in order to generate funds which are then injected back into the protection of our national cultural heritage.
In the case of Vilhena Palace, Heritage Malta Services Ltd used an existing commercial contract to embark on a four-week trial (from 19th July till 14th August) to analyse the viability and monetary potential of such a restaurant. The aim of the initiative was also to establish whether Heritage Malta should issue u public call in this regard in future or whether it should be Heritage Malta itself that operates the initiative internally.
Such arrangements are conducted regularly, in particular with regard to private functions and events held when Heritage Malta sites are rented out. The agency does not promote such functions and neither did it promote this initiative of temporary catering at Vilhena Palace, albeit the company in charge of the catering promoted the initiative via its own channels.
Regarding the comments mentioning Heritage Malta’s curators, during the last four years the agency has not only invested in its curatorial staff but also recruited several new employees as curatorial support to assist curators in their day-to-day tasks. Curators are deemed as very important by the agency, so much so that in Heritage Malta’s recent restructuring curatorial positions were consolidated and elevated, including the creation of higher curatorial positions.
While preserving our national heritage and making it accessible, as it has done for the past years, Heritage Malta strives to generate the necessary funds to be re-invested in the protection of our national heritage.
News | 19th September 2022
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