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'. 

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.


A message from our Chairman

Dear Members,

NADFAS have advised us about the new name for the association which is part of the rebranding exercise that is taking place at the moment. This also coincides with the 50th Golden Anniversary in 2018.
On the 23rd January 2017 the new name was announced and as from next May The ‘National Association of the Decorative and Fine Arts Societies', will be known as ‘The Arts Society’. The link below will give you an insight into how the new name was chosen. There will also be further information in the spring issue of the NADFAS Review Magazine.

DFASinMalta Opening in 2015

We are pleased to announce that on 8 October 2015 a new evening Society will be opening on the beautiful island of Malta.

The Society will offer the usual exciting range of high quality NADFAS lectures, study days and outings together with the opportunity to make new friends.

If you are a resident of Malta and Gozo or if you are a regular visitor to the islands and would be interested in joining please email