The Malta Independent 21 March 2019, Thursday

SPECIAL WOMEN’S DAY TOUR at Mdina’s Palazzo Falson until tomorrow 8th March

The Malta Business Weekly Thursday, 7 March 2019, 12:29 Last update: about 14 days ago

Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum will be holding daily tours at noon until tomorrow 8th March in celebration of Women's Day. 

The tour will examine the strong female presence in the former home of Capt. Olof Frederick Gollcher, son of a prosperous shipping merchant of Swedish descent. The Gollcher family were involved in the local shipping industry, owning ships but also acting as agents for leading shipping lines calling at the Grand Harbour and they pioneered the first ferry service to Gozo. 

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Gollcher's mother, Elisa, was instrumental in purchasing the Palazzo in 1927. In many ways, if it weren't for her the museum may have not existed. After her death in 1935, her son, inherited the Palazzo and in 1938 he purchased an adjacent building to enlarge it.

As part of the tour you will also be introduced to Gollcher's wife, Teresa, known to her close friends as Nella. She was a modern woman, who married late in her life aged 48. Nella enjoyed a career as a nurse with St. John's Ambulance brigade in fact, the Palazzo was the venue for first aid courses which she organised for locals. The couple never had children and it was Gollcher's wish to bequest the palazzo and its collection to be opened for the enjoyment of the public.

The tour will reveal the identity of a number of the female sitters in Palazzo's portraiture collection including one of a Tuscan noble woman, Leonora Cybo, who actually married twice in her life. You will also learn about rarer objects from the collection including coins, seals which include female portraits and accessories worn by women. Following the tour, you can sip on a complimentary glass of prosecco while enjoying the panoramic views from the roof terrace.

The tour will last 1 hour. Entrance is 10 euros for adults, 5 euros for senior citizens & students, children between the ages of 6-12 enter for free (accompanied by an adult). Kindly note that children under the age of 6 are not allowed entry into the museum.

Book your place by sending an email to [email protected] or by calling 21454512. Alternatively you can just drop in.

 


 

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