THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF MALTA
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Inside the National Archives...
The National Archives of Malta follow international "Best Practice" as far as available resources allow. There are 15 kilometers of shelving in use and still more records to collect from Government Departments. Many of the documents held are being digitised in order that they can be shared online without risking the originals.
The operations of the National Archives of Malta is regulated by the National Archives Act of 2005 (Cap 477). The Friends of the National Archives have no official influence on the policies of the National Archives, but are able to discuss issues and ideas - such as how to cope with the revolution in government records brought about by IT. The FNAM brings people with various backgrounds inside the National Archives so that many viewpoints can be compared and discussed.
Head Office of the National Archives of Malta
The Head Quarters of the National Archives of Malta is located in the old hospital building known as Santo Spirito in Rabat.). This is also the base of the FNAM and meetings are usually held here.
The reading room at the main office is open to the general public and specialized researchers. This building holds records from the British period and post independence, which include information of interest to those tracing their Family tree. Emigration and immigration records are available - as are all sorts public records that are no longer used for the administrative purpose.
The reading room at the National Archives Main office is open to the public for perusal of documents as follows:
Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri - 8.00 am – 2.00 pm
Thursday - 10.00 am – 2.00pm & 3.00 pm – 7.30 pm
Saturday - 8.15 am – 12.45 pm
The Legal Records Section in Mdina
The Banca Giuratale in Mdina houses the legal records from various tribunal court cases of the periods from 1542 to 1899. These records were previously kept at the Grand Master’s Palace at Valletta while the nineteenth century legal documents were transferred from the Law Courts All other court cases for the past 1900 period are still in the custody of the Law Courts in Valletta.
The main entrance of the edifice houses the National Portrait Gallery, that is the first phase of the National Memory Project.
The reading room at the Banca Giuratale is open to the public for perusal of documents as follows:
Monday 8.00a.m. – 2.00p.m. / 3.00p.m. – 7.30p.m.
Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday 8.00a.m. – 2.00p.m.
Thursday 100.00a.m. – 2.00p.m.
The Gozo Section
The National Archives’ Gozo Section was officially inaugurated on 24 November 1989 by Dr Ugo Mifsud-Bonnici, then Minister of Education, and Anton Tabone, then Minister for Gozo.
This archives was conceived as the public record office for the documentation produced and received by past and present Government departments and establishments of the islands of Gozo and Comino.
Tel (+356) 2155-8833
Monday to Friday - 7.30 am – 1.30 pm
Wednesday - 7.30 am – 5.30 pm
Saturday - 7.30 am – 1.00 pm (October – May)