PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR JUSTICE, CULTURE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: The third call for the restoration scheme of historical places in Maltese towns and villages is open

For the third consecutive year, the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, together with the Parliamentary Secretariat for Local Government and Communities, with the participation of the Restoration Directorate, launched a restoration initiative for historical places in localities around Malta.

The main aim is for local councils to identify historical places in their locality that can be restored by the Restoration Directorate. In this manner, the Government will keep preserving the heritage in our country and our communities.

The local councils in Malta can send their proposal containing restoration projects by filling in an application and providing the necessary details and documentation. These applications will be evaluated by a Committee appointed specifically for this scheme, comprising of several experts in the field together with Department for Local Government Officials. The Committee will, in particular, take into consideration the historical and artistic value, the state of conservation and the visibility of the site or project.

These applications must reach the Local Government Department by not later than 15th September 2017 at noon. Restoration of the chosen sites will be administered by the Restoration Directorate.

Amongst the historical sites which benefitted from this scheme in the past years and which works have already been finalised include San Gwann tal-Gharghar Chapel in San Gwann, De Rohan Gate in Haz-Zebbug and Santa Lucija’s Chapel in Santa Lucija. Works on the sites chosen after the second call will start in the coming weeks and include, amongst others, those of Sant’Anna’s Chapel in Marsascala and Hompesch Gate in Haz-Zabbar.

Source: Government of Malta