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Lecture on ‘The History of Jewellery in the Maltese islands’

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Lecture on 'The History of Jewellery in the Maltese islandsWirt Ghawdex’s next public lecture is being held on Thursday, June the 7th, 2012 at the newly restored Santa Cecilia Chapel in Ghajnsielem, starting at 6.30pm. This time it is the turn of Francesca Balzan who will deliver a lecture, which will be in English, entitled ‘The History of Jewellery in the Maltese islands.’

Francesca will take people on a whistle stop tour of the history of jewellery in Malta, dipping into the sources which were used to piece together this history and discussing the findings of her research. During the lecture, which will be illustrated, important historic pieces of jewellery that mark the very pinnacle of the jeweller’s art will be shown, as well as traditional jewellery that was worn by our people in the past. Jewellery, with its several layers of meaning, provides a glimpse into the history of the island’s people and another way of analysing the past.

Francesca Balzan is an art historian by profession. She has specialised in the history of jewellery in Malta, an area hitherto unexplored and has published her research in an award winning book published in 2009, titled ‘Jewellery in Malta Treasures from the Island of the Knights (1530-1798)’. Francesca is curator of Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum and is currently working on the forthcoming Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti exhibition on jewellery in Malta, of which she is curator. The exhibition will open in spring 2013.

Due to the limited space, booking is necessary. Seats will only be reserved up to 10 minutes before the lecture starts, which is 6.30pm.

Reservations can be made by sending an SMS on 79771981 or email: membership@wirtghawdex.org until Wednesday, June, the 6th, 2012.

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