Over 3,500 people visited the Malta Maritime Museum during the annual “Life at Sea” event organized by Heritage Malta in collaboration with the European Commission and the Government of Malta as part of the European Maritime Day celebrations.
The thousands of visitors who flocked to the museum had the opportunity to walk through part of the Traditional Maltese Boats collection which the Malta Maritime Museum has saved for posterity in recent years.
Museum exhibits were brought to life with the help of re-enactors, historians and curators who were at hand to provide fresh insight into Malta’s unique maritime past and introduce the visitors to various 16th and 18th century characters.
The re-enactors showed hand to hand fighting tactics and artillery maneuvers. For the first time at the museum 35 armour clad knights clashed against each other demonstrating the rough life at the quay side in Birgu in the 16th century.
18th century Maltese coffee, pies and heart warming chicken stew cooked according to 18th century recipes were on sale from the tavern set-up purposely for this occasion. Those who visited the museum also had the opportunity of visiting the recently restored Clock Tower which has been brought back to life after a long and accurate study.
While visiting the event Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Government, Dr José Herrera stated that “Heritage Malta in the past few years has invested greatly to develop museums such as the Malta Maritime Museum while further improving the interpretation and expanding the site’s footprint. Events such as this help to remind us that our heritage is not simply the permanent exhibitions we find in the various museums. By means of the creative element different types of interpretation are being offered which bring together the educational and the entertainment aspects. This is another initiative by which the government is keeping its promise to make these museums and sites more accessible to the general public”.
Heritage Malta Acting CEO, Mr. Kenneth Gambin remarked that this year’s Life at Sea was also part of the programme to celebrate Heritage Malta’s tenth anniversary. On this occasion Heritage Malta is also investing heavily in the infrastructure of the museum, including the restoration of the lateral facades and of the tower clock of the building, which was a prominent feature in the harbour life of the 19th century.
The “Life at Sea” event marked yet another great success in a series of events organized by Heritage Malta in the recent months. The next event is a sleepover at the National Museum of Natural History this coming Friday 24th May.