Heritage Malta is currently taking advantage of the fact that the Inquisitor’s Palace in Vittoriosa is currently closed to the public.
An archaeological survey is being carried out in various wells of the palace and any remains found in the wells are being studied. Maintenance work is also being carried out in the sacristy, on the windows overlooking the main staircase and metal railings.
Furthermore, curatorial work is underway on the collection found within the Palace in order to maintain it in a good condition. Heritage Malta is also currently analysing historic paint layers along the Piano Nobile with the help of paintings conservators and diagnostic scientific laboratories.
During a site visit, Minister for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government José Herrera explained that various works being carried out in order for the Palace to be restored to further reflect the period it was built. This building possesses a large number of records of inquisition judgments and civil court judgments.
Restoration work is also being carried out on the back façade of the Palace by the masonry employees of Heritage Malta. Minister Herrera stated that he was pleased to see that the trade of masonry is still being practiced and individuals are being trained as this trade was being lost over time. MCAST are delivering courses in this regard and apprenticeship programmes are being offered by Heritage Malta.