Con­ser­va­tion Labs open day – the im­por­tance of restora­tion and con­ser­va­tion ex­plored

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Her­itage Malta is open­ing the doors of its Con­ser­va­tion Lab­o­ra­to­ries in Bighi, Kalkara, to the gen­eral pub­lic on Wed­nes­day 2nd Novem­ber. Dur­ing this oc­ca­sion Her­itage Malta will also be launch­ing an up­dated ver­sion of its mem­ber­ship scheme.

The open day will pro­vide a per­fect out­ing with a dif­fer­ence where fam­i­lies can spend qual­ity time to­gether gain­ing un­der­stand­ing about the im­por­tance of restora­tion and con­ser­va­tion. Her­itage Malta is or­gan­is­ing this open day mid­week on a school free day as an in­cen­tive to stu­dents and par­ents.

Vis­i­tors on the day will have the op­por­tu­nity to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with Her­itage Malta mu­se­ums and sites and learn more about the in­valu­able work and ef­forts be­ing done by the agency in en­sur­ing a fu­ture to our past.

Her­itage Malta’s Con­ser­va­tion Di­vi­sion in Bighi pro­vides con­ser­va­tion-restora­tion, pre­ven­tive con­ser­va­tion, and sci­en­tific di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices to all mu­se­ums and sites man­aged by the na­tional agency. Con­ser­va­tion of arte­facts of all ma­te­ri­als is un­der­taken. Th­ese in­clude paint­ings, met­als, ce­ram­ics, stone, tex­tiles, pa­per, books and wood.

Guided tours of the Con­ser­va­tion Di­vi­sion and in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the di­ag­nos­tic sci­en­tific labs will be held through­out the day for groups. Doors open from 9.30am till 2pm (last ad­mis­sion). Ad­mis­sion is free.

Since 2010 the premises of Bighi, used in the past as the Royal Naval Hos­pi­tal and also as a school, houses the head of­fice of Her­itage Malta, the na­tional agency for mu­se­ums, con­ser­va­tion prac­tice and cul­tural her­itage.

On this oc­ca­sion Her­itage Malta will take the op­por­tu­nity to launch a new mem­ber­ship scheme aimed at boost­ing the num­ber of lo­cal vis­i­tors to mu­se­ums. This new mem­ber­ship scheme fol­lows the re­cently launched Stu­dent Mem­ber­ship Scheme for stu­dents at­tend­ing pri­mary schools. Fur­ther to feed­back gath­ered through­out the past few years, this new mem­ber­ship scheme is also tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion con­tem­po­rary so­cial re­al­i­ties.

Mem­ber­ship schemes help pro­vide vi­tal in­come to fund es­sen­tial con­ser­va­tion work, projects and en­sure con­tin­ued en­joy­ment of our sites and mu­se­ums to present and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

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