New building for National Archives

DOI/Omar Camilleri

Public land in Ta’ Qali was transferred today so that the National Archives will be able to build an appropriate building for the preservation of the important documents in their care. This building will form part of the Malta National Park.

Presiding over the signing were Minister for Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg and Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Property Market Chris Agius.

Bartolo said, “This is a step about the future because our country’s identity is formed by the memory of our historical experiences across the centuries, and our blending with other people and countries. This place for researchers will also provide an experience which is open to the public.”

He also announced that Santu Spirtu building, where the National Archives are currently situated, will see the founding of the first museum about the history of medicine in Malta.

Borg said that this is a historic step towards the conservation of the rich history and memory of the country, as this will be the first time that the National Archives will be given an opportunity to have appropriate facilities for the conservation of their precious documents.

Agius said that this land transfer to such an important institution like the National Archives is another investment in favour of the environment, culture and Maltese people.