Introduction by the National Archivist / CEO
In today’s information society the internet plays a vital communications role. The National Archives is a key player in this rapidly-changing information society. We have a very important mission to fulfill. The National Archives Act (V-2005) challenges us with the responsibility to ‘preserve the collective memory of the Maltese nation…’ This is not a easy task to fulfill.
During the last eighteen years the National Archives did an excellent job. We managed to equip three reading rooms and provide research services to a very diverse audience. We are now at the cross-roads of a very exciting challenge. We have to instill in the Public Service the vision of nation-wide effective records management. We cannot preserve the collective memory of the nation if our records remain rotting away in hidden basements.
The second challenge is electronic records. We are here to preserve all public records whether they are e-mails, films, audio-tapes or other media that will be created in future. In so doing there is a learning curve we have to go through.
This challenging vision can only be fulfilled if we work in close collaboration with all stakeholders. The step we are now taking with the setting of the web-site aims to inform but also build bridges with our audience. I invite you to make best use of this site through interactive communication. Its success will depend on your feedback, and our timely reaction to your views. Let us take this challenge and use information technology to make our lives better.
Charles J Farrugia
Summer Opening Hours
May we inform the general public that this year the National Archives of Malta Head Office in Rabat will maintain its regular opening hours for the month of August. This means that on Tursdays it will be open between 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Access to Agricultural Records
We would like to inform our esteemed clients that as from Monday 26th March 2018, all requests in connection with agricultural research must be addressed to the Agricultural Research and Development Centre, Għammieri, Marsa, QRM9075, Malta.
Any queries must be forwarded directly by e-mail on
or personally to
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
For further information, kindly contact them on telephone 22924314 and 22924234.
Retention Policy for HR Documents
In line with the National Archives Act (V, 2005) the National Archivist has approved an extensive Retention Policy covering HR Documents. The policy establishes retention periods in relation to HR personal data and sets out the guidelines and procedures to be adopted by government ministries and departments to implement this policy. These guidelines have been drawn up, and were issued, in conjunction with the Public Administration Human Resource Office (PAHRO). It is now possible for Public Officers to implement these retention periods without the need to contact the National Archives whenever such issues arise.
The policy is available HERE
This retention policy was endorsed by the National Archivist on 10 April 2012, after consultation with the Commissioner for Information and Data Protection, in line with the provisions of the National Archives Act (Cap 477).
Kindly note that the emigration form is available online here.
Kindly note that we are currently experiencing some technical difficulties with the registration of new users on the website, because of which, we are sorry to inform you that new user applications cannot be currently processed. We have contacted the web developers who are currently working to find a solution to the issue. As soon as the system is reinstated, we shall inform users immediately via the website.
Users should note that they can either use limited services on our website or start making use of the full services by becoming a member and create an account
One can Login with two different methods: e-id user or general user
e-ID user :
The e-ID, or electronic identity, is a trusted authentication mechanism for citizens and businesses to identify themselves to electronically access government services, for more information about e-ID click here
General users can be anyone from the public and can register by accessing the page headed with Local Authentication Login or click here
Once you are a registered user and have an account with us always Login
through the respective page that applies to you.
National Audiovisual Archives Collaborative Charter
The National Archives of Malta will co-ordinate a digitisation programme for long-term preservation of of Malta’s audio-visual heritage.
A collaborative agreement has been signed between the National Archives, the Broadcasting Authority, the Department of Information, Malta Libraries, MCAST, the University of Malta and PBS to ensure the preservation and accessibility of their audio-visual heritage. M3P Foundation will collaborate in this programme.
Through this agreement, these public entities agreed also to plan how Malta’s cultural and creative legacy can be preserved into the future and save important collections from being lost.
WORLD DAY FOR AUDIOVISUAL HERITAGE, 27th OCTOBER 2014. LAUNCH OF A DIGITISATION PROJECT OF A COLLECTION OF MALTESE FOLK-SINGING (GĦANA) BY THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES.
On the occasion of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, the National Archives of Malta and the Friends of the National Archives launched the digitisation of the Leli Muscat Collection.
The Muscat Leli Collection is made up of about 400 hours of Maltese folk-singing (għana) that Leli Muscat had recorded over 20 years, from the sixties onwards, from all over Malta. This collection of two hundred reels, is unique since the recording took place in a number of pubs and clubs during għana sessions. Furthermore, this collection includes a wealth of tens of folk-singers (għannejja), besides a number of musicians (daqqaqa).
The first phase of the process is the transfer of the recordings from analog to digital format. After this delicate and lengthy process, each track is individually separated. Thus the recording is saved from the dangers that are associated with the deterioration of the reels on which it currently is on. The next step is the restoration program. Concurrently, the collection will be catalogued. Eventually, after these processes, the collection will be made available to both the researchers as well as to the public.
Mr. Charles Farrugia, the National Archivist, thanked the Friends of the National Archives for the financial aid they made available for acquiring and conserving the Leli Muscat Collection. He also thanked Mr Steve Borg who was instrumental in finding the Collection. "The project that we are starting today is another step in the mission of the National Archives in preserving and making the national memory accessible," concluded Mr Farrugia.
Browse the electronic shop for the National Archives of Malta, and purchase books,
cd's and various other items.
National Memory Project
The National Memory Project gives you access to thousands of images of historic
importance to Malta. These images can be purchased as digital downloads.