FONDAZZJONI PATRIMONJU MALTI
Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti (Maltese Heritage Foundation) is a non-profit making organisation established in 1992 to promote and disseminate Maltese cultural heritage through prestigious exhibitions, research and publications.
In the year of its inception, Patrimonju organised its first exhibition featuring antique Maltese clocks, which focused on the unique Maltese wall clock popularly known as l-Arlogg tal-Lira. The catalogue-raisonne of this exhibition was also the first of a long series of publications on Malta’s cultural heritage. Patrimonju’s publishing division is responsible for these exhibition companions, as well as for other publications by a number of erudite historians. This division is also responsible for the well established Treasures of Malta, a magazine of art and culture that is issued three times a year.
One of the most spectacular exhibitions organised by Patrimonju was undoubtedly The Silver of Malta exhibition, which was set-up at the Sala del Gran Consiglio in the former Palace of the Grand Masters in Valletta. This exhibition highlighted 400 years of domestic Maltese silver, and consisted of more than 1,500 pieces.
The last grand exhibition organised by Patrimonju was Antique Furniture in Malta in 2002, which was held at St James Cavalier in Valletta. Patrimonju has always prided itself in the fact that the exhibitions it organises bring to the general public’s attention previously unseen hidden artefacts sourced from private collections.
The success of these and other exhibitions over the years, encouraged the Foundation to devote its energy and enthusiasm to a larger and more permanent project, and in 2001 Patrimonju entered a management agreement with the Capt. O. F. Gollcher O.B.E. Art & Archaeological Foundation, whereby Patrimonju was to restore Palazzo Falson to its former glory, and transform it into a Historic House Museum.
For more information about Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti or how to become a patron, please visit the website at www.patrimonju.org