Photographic Collection - National Memory Project
On 22 March 2004 the then President of Malta His Excellency Dr Guido de Marco inaugurated the National Memory Project at the Legal Documentation Section of the National Archives housed at the Banca Giuratale in Mdina. That event marked the start of an extensive and ambitious project aimed at bringing under one roof a living memory of Malta’s history and culture, and serve as a tribute to all those who contributed in the development of Maltese society.
The project consists of three complimentary phases; the National Portrait Archive, the National Picture Archive and the Film and Sound Archive. Actually what was inaugurated in 2004 made it possible for photographer Tony S. Mangion to exhibit to the public portraits of prominent Maltese personalities he took over a number of years. Supplementing the images there are two publications with biographical details of these persons coming from all aspects and strata of Maltese society. The exhibition is open to the general public from Monday to Friday between 9.00 am and 2.00 pm (with another opening on Mondays from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Entrance is free of charge. The exhibition is available for organized school visits and cultural tours. During 2007 the gallery was extended following sponsorship by BOV. The National Archives plans to expand on this initiative and, using digital technology, add more images to the collection.
Concurrently with this, the National Archives has managed to organize its own photographic collections and start the digitisation process. This initiative is managed under the National Picture Archive banner and coordinated by photographer Kevin Casha.
The initial work on the film and sound holdings has started. The National Archives had already announced the donation of the Stanley Fraser World War II Film collection. This collection was already digitized and, in collaboration with Ms Veronica Galea, now forms part of the third phase of the National Memory Project. To view shots from film archive click here.
The National Archives is more then willing to support and collaborate with parallel initiatives and provide its expertise to any initiative that aims at preserving Malta’s history. This is in line with its legal remit under the National Archives Act (V, 2005) to ‘… preserve the collective memory of the Maltese nation’.
To access all the photographs that are digitally available click here.
Instructions for use
Enter the term that you wish to search for in the search text box e.g. bastions, and press search
On the left hand side of your screen tick Malta (if available)
If results from the Maltese photographic collection are available, you can view the list and digital images
If Malta is not in the list on the left side of the screen, no digitised photographs containing the term you searched for exist in the portal
If you need any assistance kindly contact us and a member of our team will be more than willing to assist you