Vintage Love Cards

Over January and Febuary, an exhibition of vintage lovers’ cards by the Gozo Philatelic Society was on display in our philatelic showcase.

The exhibits are mostly from the World War I period featuring mostly servicemen. The cards are mainly hand-coloured with a few having gilding decorations. Examples include one card chronographed in Berlin by Raphael Tuck and others produced by Dresden’s Stengel and Platine Noyer in Paris.

Being 100 years old, the cards are of special significance to people who research social aspects.

The exhibition has also been featured on the national newspaper Times of Malta

photos by Charles Spiteri

Guidelines for visitors


Upon entry and throughout their visit, visitors are expected to maintain good hand hygiene and to make use of alcohol hand sanitising gel (automatic) located at the entrance of the museum.

Visitors are encouraged to wear a face mask/visor and practice social distancing throughout their visit to the museum. Face masks are available at the front desk against a donation of €1.00.

Visitors should avoid making use of the toilets. Should such use be required, anti-bacterial soup, water and disposable paper towels are available.

Air conditioning and touch screens shall not be available.

Welcome!

Once again, welcome.

It is with great pleasure that Il-Ħaġar Museum reopens its doors. The easing of the Covid-19 national partial lockdown has now made it possible.

The day we pinned the notice on our locked-up door that the Museum had been closed to the public because of the gathering pandemic was a sad day. That day was almost a hundred days ago.

To the extent that regulations allowed, we sought to make good use of these “lost” days to carry out improvements and finish works in progress, which means that we tried to make the best use of this culturally catastrophic period.

Now that cultural entities such as ours are being allowed to reopen, with all the necessary precautions in place for the safety of both our volunteers and visitors, we are so happy to be able once again to say “welcome” and to make this cultural place, unique to these islands, accessible to the public.

Mgr Dr Joseph Farrugia

Curator


Il-Ħaġar Museum is back!

We are pleased to announce that Il-Ħaġar Museum will be reopening its doors this Saturday 20 June, maintaining the same opening hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm seven days a week.

However, the first day will be extended till 9.00pm since Il-Ħaġar will be holding a reopening celebration at 7.00pm, to which all patrons, friends, supporters and visitors are cordially invited.

Besides the permanent exhibits, the museum will be offering a view of some reserve artworks.

Moreover, the Gozo Philatelic Society showcase will feature the Edward Caruana Dingli San Ġorġ tal-Ħaġar stamp, issued recently by SEPAC (Small European Postal Administration Cooperations) .

The two SEPAC stamps issued by Maltapost

The Roof Terrace will also be open tothe public as of this Saturday.

The recently-opened terrace, The Roof

250 Anniversary of De Soldanis’ Death

Today is the 250th anniversary to the day when the scholar, writer and patriot Gian Pietro Francesco Agius de Soldanis passed into the fulness of eternal life. Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria states that this Gozitan patriot is and shall always remain the pride of the ancient town of Victoria and a prominent benefactor of the parish of St George that he loved and served.

Born on 1 November 1712, GPF Agius de Soldanis became a priest of St George’s and later canon of the castello’s matrice. He wrote the first history of Gozo, published works in Maltese philology, produced the first Maltese grammar, organized the conventual library of the Order of St John in Valletta which became the National Library and served as a procurator at St George’s, his home parish in Gozo. He died in Valletta on 30 January 1770 and was buried in the collegiate church of St Paul.

On the initiative of Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria, then mayor Dr Samuel Azzopardi unveiled a commemorative plaque in his honour on the eve of the inauguration of Il-Ħaġar Museum, the 22nd of February 2013.

Tour-Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

On New Year’s Day Il-Ħaġar Museum announced a tour-pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by Curator Mr Dr Joseph Farrugia between the 3rd and the 10th of March 2020. The group, which is limited to 25, will be visiting Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Tiberias, Tabor, Capernaum, the Jordan Valley, Cana, Ein Karim, Beit Jalal and Lydda, the Qumran, the Templar City of Acre, the Fortress of Masada and other cultural sites including the Yad Vashem. 

The price of €1480 covers everything: flights to and from Tel Aviv, accommodation in the historic centres of Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner), a private coach, the service of a fully licensed local guide, and entrance fees to Capernahum, Acre, Masada, Qumran and Dead Sea. 

For further information please send an email to events@heartofgozo.org.mt or phone +35699021591. 

Il-Ħaġar Restoration and Conservation Project starts

One of the main aims behind the creation of Il-Ħaġar Museum, and as stated in the application for funds submitted to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is “to ensure adequate resources for the long term conservation of the collection displayed.” In fact, ahead of its opening in 2013, Il-Ħaġar Museum had carried out restoration and conservation works on a number of paintings and artefacts which eventually earned themselves a place on permanent display.
Seven years on, the museum is excited to be embarking on a similar venture which includes the restoration and conservation of Filippo Fortunato Venuti’s The Four Evangelists (1898) and The Apotheosis of Saint George (1897).
These works, which will be conducted by expert restorer Sara Mattioli, who has been entrusted with similar works by the Government and Heritage Malta, will be taking place at Il-Ħaġar Museum (Level 2), so that visitors would be able to see first hand the progress of the works, and understand and appreciate the process involved.
Il-Ħaġar Museum is welcoming any donations in favour of this initiative either directly at the museum or to Il-Ħaġar Restoration and Conservation Fund bank accounts:

Lombard Bank: MT56LBMA05000000000001174600345

Bank of Valletta: MT83VALL22013000000040018753273

St George Exhibit at Il-Ħaġar

An Exhibit showing various examples of artefacts connected with the cult of St George Megalomartyr has been set up on level -1 of Il-Ħaġar Museum.
Though limited in quantity, the items offer great quality and interest: a sixteenth century ink etching, golden icon eggs and ivory carvings can be mentioned.
Other current temporary exhibitions are Victorian Numismatics & Philately and Paul Haber’s Ceramics: “Nostalgia”.