Nine state-of-the-art showcases presented to Heritage Malta
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Nine state-of-the-art showcases were officially presented today by the Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono, to Dr Mario Tabone Chairman of Heritage Malta. The procurement of these showcases, which cost more than €111,000 was made possible through co-finance from the Structural Funds programme for Malta 2004-2006 under the European Regional Development Fund.
These showcases, having shatter-proof glass displays and a climate-controlled environment, offer maximum protection and security. They will now make it possible for a number of unique artefacts that date back to the Neolithic, Temple Period and Bronze Age respectively (c. 5200 – 700 BC) found at the Gozo Stone Circle to be permanently displayed in Gozo. These include a twin-seated figurine and a set of stick idols which represent one of the most fine and unique sets of prehistoric sculptures in the Mediterranean region.
These figurines together with other artefacts will be permanently displayed in the prehistory section at the Gozo Museum of Archaeology, established at Casa Bondi’ within the Citadel, which is one of the museums and other sites being operated and managed by Heritage Malta in Gozo. It displays important artefacts found in Gozo including those from the Ggantija temples and other prehistoric sites, as well as Roman and Punic artefacts and items from the medieval period.
On speaking to those present, Minister Debono remarked how the presentation of these showcases linked with other projects recently inaugurated on Gozo aimed at enhancing quality of life and services on Gozo for the benefit of locals and tourists alike. The Minister expressed her satisfaction that this project has made it possible for these unique Gozitan artefacts to be permanently displayed in Gozo while also mentioning other plans to safeguard Gozo’s historical heritage, amongst which the recently re-installed Citadel Clock bells and the launching of the Citadel Masterplan. Minister Debono also said that the refurbishment of the Museum of Archaeology by Heritage Malta will result in an added attraction for Gozo.
The installation of the new showcases triggered a full refurbishment programme and redesigning within the Museum of Archaeology by Heritage Malta, mainly in the medieval and pre-history areas. Structural and embellishment works including building conservation, new electrical services and tiling were carried out. All artefacts on display were treated and conserved at Heritage Malta’s Bighi Conservation Institute. The pre-history area encompassing five rooms is now being set up in line with the already redesigned medieval room.
Minister Debono was shown around and updated on present stage of works by Mr Godwin Vella, Acting Manager Gozo Sites and Museums accompanied by Dr Mario Tabone, Chairman and Dr Luciano Mule’ Stagno, CEO, Heritage Malta.