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The National Archives of Malta (NAM) is a government entity which preserves and maintains a significant number of records concerning the history of Malta, whilst also providing access to them for research. Archival records come in many media, shapes, sizes and formats: paper files, letters, handwritten bound volumes, press cuttings, printed records, photographs, maps, architectural drawings, oral histories recordings, microfilm, floppy discs, CDs, videos and DVDs. It is a place where people can go to gather firsthand facts, data, and evidence from different primary sources such as reports, notes, memos, photographs, maps and plans. The National Archives holds one of the largest archival collections in Malta, spanning from the 1530s up to the current day. In its holdings the collections total around 15 km of linear shelving, with an increment of approximately 1 km every year. This includes nearly 10,000 maps and a photographic collection of around 10,000 images (the majority of which are digitised).  ​​

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Government ministries / departments / agencies create new records that may later be transferred to the National Archives once they are no longer required. These valuable records are preserved for posterity as they are important for the continued functioning of the government, yet they also provide a wealth of information for members of the public, whether one is researching their family tree (genealogy), writing an academic paper, or simply researching a historical topic of interest. ​​

The Records Management Unit​ within National Archives promotes and encourages good recordkeeping practices within government departments and agencies in line with the provisons of the National Archives Act (Cap 477), so that the correct material is transferred to the archives at the appropriate time. Good recordkeeping protects the rights of Maltese citizens, facilitates accountability and demonstrates informed decision-making.

The National Archives is not just all about government records. Many private collections are deposited and donated by individuals. These unique collections add context, depth, variety, and a different perspective on history, to the material already held in the repository. Private collections include a wide variety of items, some of which are photographs; personal correspondence; plans; memorabilia, and traditional Maltese music.  Memorja, formerly known as the National Memory Project, was launched in 2004 to preserve and disseminate the Maltese national memory through the recollections and experiences of individual members of society. In connection with this, in 2016, the Oral, Sound and Visual Archive (Arkivju Orali u Awdjoviżiv) was set up. Do please read about this project - Memorja




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