Relations with a Superpower: Malta and the United States of America

Il-Ħaġar Museum continues with its series of Saturday lectures on 4 May 2024 at 11:00 with what promises to be an interesting talk by Dr George Vital Zammit who will be touching on some salient points in the history of Malta’s relations with the United States of America.
Dr George Vital Zammit is a Senior lecturer at the Department of Public Policy within the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy (FEMA), University of Malta. He read for Bachelor Degrees in Business and Computing, Management, and a Masters in Diplomatic Studies. In 2011 he obtained a doctorate in Politics at the University of Sheffield, with a thesis on the international dimension of party groups within the European Parliament. Prior to academia, Dr Zammit served as a public officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry for Education, and the Office of the Prime Minister. He served as Head of Department (Public Policy) and Deputy Dean of FEMA. In 2019, he was Fulbright Scholar (2019) at Rutgers University, USA.

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Military Units in Gozo in World War II

Il-Ħaġar Museum continues with its public lecture series on Saturday 9 March 2024 at 11:00. We are pleased to have Charles Bezzina lead us into the past of this island in his historical talk on military units in Gozo during the Second World War.

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After the lecture you might wish to take a look at the current exhibitions being hosted at the Museum. Unknown Prescription reveals works by Mario Abela, Charles Balzan, and Justin Falzon. The exhibition explores ideas of transition, fragmentation, and the flesh, where paintings and photography dialogue with artefacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. This exhibition will remain open until 14 April 2024.

The documentary exhibition What’s in a bequest? The Archive of Mro Joseph Vella displays material from the Vella Music Archive and remains open until 24 March 2024. The exhibition can be viewed at Levels 1 & -1.

Tolkien Lecture at Il-Ħaġar Museum

The next public lecture Il-Ħaġar Museum and Cultural Centre is presenting will take place this Thursday, the 18th of November at 7.30pm, by Rev. Geoffrey George Attard, on English poet, philologist and author J. R. R. Tolkien.  Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE FRSL (1892–1973) is best known as the author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

J. R. R. Tolkien: Literary Genius For Our Times promises yet another most interesting session. Canon Attard, a graduate at a number of British universities, is very interested in English culture.   Attendance is free but seat bookings are requested at In the interest of all, a vacciniation certificate has to be produced at the door

‘Joseph: A Man Worth Knowing’

Il-Ħaġar Museum and Cultural Centre is presenting a lecture entitled Joseph of Nazareth: A Man Worth Knowing by Il-Ħaġar founder and curator Mgr Dr Joseph Farrugia, on Saturday 13 November at 11:00.

The lecture, held concurrently with the temporary exhibition Joseph: The Silent Witness, also at Il-Ħaġar,  promises to be a most interesting session since Mgr Farrugia has strong experience as a university lecturer in Theology.

Attendance is free but seat reservations are requested by sending an email to In the interest of all, a vacciniation certificate will be requested at the door.

Inauguration of Restored Paintings

Il-Ħaġar Museum is hosting an illustrated lecture by Dr Michela Fasce on Saturday 25 September at 7.30pm. A Università degli Studi di Genova graduate, Dr Fasce holds degrees in conservation science and art history, has a rich experience in restoration and consultancy, and founded the first diagnostics department in Italy.

Dr Fasce tends to focus on identifying materials and dates. On this occasion, she will be discussing Mattia Preti’s technique to explain the utility of diagnostic study. She will also be presenting her recent book in Italian Dentro il dipinto with its various related examples.

Moreover, she will be applying these principles to the restoration process on five oils by Filippo Fortunato Venuti. The restorer herself, Sara Mattioli, will explain the work she undertook over these months. This set of four ovals and a bozzetto will now revert to permanent display at Il-Ħaġar Museum.

Il-Ħaġar Restoration and Conservation Project is supported by Bank of Valletta and Valerio Ballotta of GBK Malta Ltd.

The Addolorata Cemetery: Malta’s Monument to its Dead

After the imposed hiatus, the resumption of public talks hosted at Il-Ħaġar Museum will certainly be welcomed.

This Saturday, the 14th of November, at 10.30am, Malta’s premier cemetery, the Addolorata, is being highlighted through the participation of Mario Borg, Dr Mark Sagona and Prof Conrad Thake, authors of a new detailed study about it. This occasion, in collaboration with the University of Malta’s Department of Art and Art History, and Midsea Books, will also be live-streamed.

Entrance is free but booking on is recommended. Current social distancing restrictions mean that seating will be limited.

Copies of The Addolorata Cemetery (well over two hundred richly-illustrated pages) will be available at a special price.

Unusual talk at Il-Ħaġar

Dr Sebastiano D’Amico – from Malta University’s Geosciences Department – will be asking “What is there under my feet?” at Il-Ħaġar museum on 30 November at 11am. This instalment in the Saturday series of assorted talks will discuss science at the service of Heritage exploration and conservation.

The lecture, based on test sites in Malta and abroad, treats the use of multidisciplinary scientific methods for the benefit of all those concerned with cultural heritage sites.

Entrance is, as always, free of charge. However, since places are obviously limited, those interested are encouraged to reserve seats by emailing

Series of talks resumes at Il-Ħaġar Museum – Video

Il-Ħaġar Museum has become well-known also for public talks on a wide range of topics.

The first public lecture after the summer break is to be delivered by the stepson of famous author C. S. Lewis. There is probably no need to refer to, for example, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Space Trilogy, and The Screwtape Letters.

Douglas Gresham, an actor and producer, has been studying and writing about Lewis and he will be talking about his adoptive father on Saturday 12 October at 11am.

Entrance is, as always, free of charge. However, since places are obviously limited, it is recommended to reserve seats by emailing

Queen Victoria celebrated at Il-Ħaġar

Queen Victoria was born two hundred years ago. Her connections with Gozo include the fact that the main town became a city and its name changed for her Golden Jubilee.

Naturally enough, Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria felt duty-bound to mark this bicentenary, choosing Saturday 1 June, about halfway between the actual date and Jum il-Belt Victoria.

This occasion, consisting of a talk about the Empress by Rev. Geoffrey George Attard and short readings from Victorian literature, starts at 11:00 and takes place on Level 3 at Il-Ħaġar Museum.

Entrance is free of charge but booking on is recommended.

Two public talks at Il-Ħaġar this Saturday

Saturday 11 May will see two events at Il-Ħaġar Museum and Cultural Centre.

At 11:00, Professor Arnold Cassola will be giving a lecture in English on a topic he has researched so much, entitled Suleiman the Magnificent and Malta.   

At 19:30 Valerio Ballotta of GBK Malta Ltd and Obiettivo Qatar will be interviewing, in Italian, Arialdo Ceribelli of Bergamo’s Galleria Ceribelli.  Mr Ceribelli will be reminiscing about his friend Gianfranco Ferroni, the important artist who died in 2001.  This will be followed by a tour of the exhibition consisting of Ferroni works, including etchings and lithographs, as well as others by Walter Coccetta. Ferroni & Coccetta: Exploring Light at Il-Ħaġar Museum runs until 13 June. 

Entrance is, as always, free of charge but reserving a seat on is recommended.