Uncovering Art from Malta in the UK's hidden collections, by Mary Rose Rivett-Carnac

Mary Rose Rivett-Carnac will be DFASinMalta’s last lecturer of the season.  She gained an MA in Victorian Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. Several of her arts-related essays and articles have been published, and she is a guide at Turner’s House in Twickenham and Dorich House Museum in Kingston.

Uncovering Maltese Art in the UK's hidden oil painting collection

DFASinMalta’s next lecture deals with Maltese art in the UK.  Mary Rose Rivett-Carnac will take us through a collection of intriguing paintings uncovered during the detective work and cataloguing of over 212,000 paintings held in the public domain. Our last lecture of the season will take place at the Salini Hotel in Saint Paul’s Bay on Thursday 14th June at 6.30pm.  Admission is free for members and open to the public for a fee of €15.

National Archives Conservation Project 2018

This year DFASinMalta chose to help the National Archives in Rabat to conserve part of the collection of Vincenzo Mario Pellegrini, donated to the archives by his son, Gabriel Pellegrini.  Vincenzo Maria Pellegrini (1911-1997) was a particularly erudite notary who contributed to the Maltese cultural scene with a number of articles, compositions of music and poetry as well as his own artistic compositions.  He collected the works of his artist friends and was very involved in the contemporary Maltese cultural environment.

Young Arts Project

DFASinMalta has embarked on a new project this season, The Young Arts Project. Students attending the School of Art have been chosen to participate in this project which has been included as part of their curriculum.The students attended a presentation at the Notarial Archives, encouraging them to design an art work in relation to the subject 'pastepaper' or 'decorative paper'. 

Lord Byron, his Romantic Inheritance and his Artistic Legacy

Lord Bryon, his Romantic Inheritance and his Artistic Legacy is the subject of DFASinMalta's next lecture on 11 January 2018 at the Salini Resort and Spa in St Paul’s Bay. Our speaker Elizabeth Merry will take us through the author’s turbulent family history, his development as peer and how Byron’s troubled heroes mirrored the author’s life. For more information and reservations please contact Nicky Stilon at


Notarial Archives Sends its Thanks

The Notarial Archives Resource Council has sent a certificate thanking DFASinMalta for its contribution towards restoring decorated end papers on documents dating from 1821 and 1829.  Dr. Joan Abela, Ph.D., and Dr. Keith German, B.A., L.L.D., signed the certificate, in recognition of our efforts to help preserve the paper heritage for future generations.

Judging a book by its cover

DFASinMalta is a member of The Arts Society.  Malta’s first own Decorative and Fine Arts Society was keen to raise awareness about the special covers and set the example by sponsoring the conservation treatment of three volumes.  In spite of being taught not to judge a book by its cover, this is exactly what is sometimes done at the Notarial Archives. While the content of a volume remained important to researchers, the beauty of a decorated paper cover was apparent to anyone at first glance.


Season 2016-2017

Women and Freemasonry with Yasha Beresiner

The 2017 lecture season for DFASinMalta has now come to an end.  All our lectures were well-attended and very well-received, thanks to all of you, our members. 

We hope to see you all next year at the Salini Hotel for an exciting new season of delightful lectures.