ANOTHER AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND THE HILL MUSEUM AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY – 22 SEPTEMBER 2014
An agreement was signed between the National Archives of Malta and the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML) which forms part of the Saint John’s Abbey and University (Minnesota, USA). HMML has contributed extensively to the Maltese archives sector especially through the efforts and vision of Chev. Joseph Micallef and the development of the Malta Study Centre which has international repute.
The agreement will provide for the setting up of HMML’s second laboratory in Malta aimed at digitising the law court records for the French period (Epoca Gallica, 1798-1800). The records to be digitized include three metres of law court cases with original pagination and bindings which were added during the 19th century.
This is the second laboratory HMML will have at the National Archives. The first was opened soon after an agreement was signed in 2007. Up to now 1500 volumes of law court records dating back to the time of the Knights were digitised in that laboratory.
The new director of the Malta Study Centre Dr Daniel Gullo expressed his satisfaction at the professional way the Malta laboratory is managed. He said that this augurs well for future collaboration. He also explained that the choice of the collection to be digitised was based on the international interest there is in studying that period in history. National Archivist Charles Farrugia said that the agreement will not only safeguard the preservation of the records but also help the archives strengthen their users’ services especially through the Archives Portal Europe.