The Malta Independent 14 April 2024, Sunday
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PUBLIC LECTURE: Military historian to give lecture on the true events of World War II in Gozo

Sunday, 3 March 2024, 08:50 Last update: about 2 months ago

To the delight of history aficionados, Il-Ħaġar Museum will be presenting another public lecture on Saturday, 9 March at 11am titled Military Units in Gozo in World War II.

Gozitan military historian and poet, Charles Bezzina, will lead us into the past of this island which is relatively less well-known to that of its sister island. Bezzina will present factual stories about the foreign soldiers stationed in Gozo, the reason why they were sent to Gozo in the first place, any retaliation from their side when Gozo was under attack in 1942 and the reaction of the locals as well as of Maltese refugees to their presence. In other words, how did the military integrate into the fabric of Gozitan society at the time?


As always, entrance to the museum is free but seat reservations are recommended by emailing: [email protected].

After the lecture, those attending might wish to take a look at the current exhibitions being hosted at the museum. Unknown Prescription reveals works by Mario Abela, Charles Balzan and Justin Falzon. The exhibition explores ideas of transition, fragmentation and the flesh, where paintings and photography dialogue with artefacts from the museum's permanent collection. This exhibition will remain open until 14 April.

The documentary exhibition What's in a bequest? The Archive of Mro Joseph Vella displays material from the Vella Music Archive and remains open until 24 March. The exhibition can be viewed at Levels 1 and -1.

Until 8 April, at Level -1, Il-Ħaġar Museum will also exhibit a variety of stamps portraying scenes ranging from Lent processions to Easter celebrations. This exhibition is organised by the Gozo Philatelic Society and is titled Lent to Easter.

The museum's opening hours are Monday to Sunday - 9am to 5pm. Entrance is free.

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