More collaboration in the field of cultural heritage science

The Minister for National Heritage, Arts and Local Government Owen Bonnici addressed a number of entities responsible for Maltese heritage that form the Malta National Node of and that support the Committee of ‘ management of NARCH, during an activity held at the Maritime Museum of Malta during which updates were presented on the work done so far, the current state, and the way forward as plans for future initiatives. consists of a partnership between 13 founding member countries, including Malta, and involves more than 100 heritage science institutions from all over Europe.

Minister Bonnici claimed that this unprecedented level of collaboration in the field of cultural heritage is important and said that the Government will continue to offer the necessary support to ensure that such collaboration becomes more and more the norm. and not the exception.

Minister Bonnici also noted that Malta is one of the founding members of This shows not only the enthusiasm of the participating entities, but also the good level of collaboration and the excellent state of preparation.

Minister Bonnici praised the initiatives taken, particularly when it comes to the contributions of the E-RIHS-Malta National Node to a number of public consultations on issues related to national heritage research.

Minister Bonnici ended his speech by expressing gratitude to the participating entities and encouraged them to continue collaborating on these projects. “Thus improving the knowledge and quality of the national heritage in the Maltese Islands, while presenting it in the best possible way to the Maltese and Gozitan people together with foreign visitors”, said Minister Bonnici.

The Malta National Node of E-RIHS Malta consists of the following entities: the Ministry for National Heritage, Arts and Local Government; the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage; Heritage Malta; the Department of Restoration and Preservation; the National Archives; Malta Libraries; nine departments and faculties within the University of Malta; the St. John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation and the Archdiocese of Malta. This pan-European research structure supports research on heritage science, which includes the interpretation, preservation, documentation and management of heritage, with a mission to give access to -heritage researchers for high level expertise, data, laboratories, equipment and facilities. The aim is to integrate world-leading European facilities into an organization with a leading role in the global heritage science sector, bringing together a trans-disciplinary community of researchers and users supporting advances in heritage science. legacy through networking, innovation, training and education.

Therefore, the E-RIHS consortium promotes good practice in heritage research, developing or advancing methods tailored to respond to the specific needs of cultural heritage assets, whether material or digital, including objects, collections, buildings and sites.