The Malta Independent 18 July 2024, Thursday
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Precious knowledge of former Dockyard workers to be shared in public talks

Sunday, 28 April 2024, 09:00 Last update: about 4 months ago

As part of its biggest intangible heritage project to date, Heritage Malta is inviting the public to a series of talks by former Dockyard workers, set to take place during these months.

Building on its recent launch of The Dockyard from the Workers Perspective - 100 Interviews, a publication providing distinct insights into the identity-shaping national industry of the Malta Dockyard through the firsthand accounts of its skilled craftsmen, as well as the ongoing exhibition An Island at the Crossroads at the Malta Maritime Museum in Birgu, the agency is now inviting the public to engage directly with the key figures and explore further.

Starting on Sunday, 28 April, the first public talk, entitled From schoolboy to tradesman, will explore the apprenticeship system implemented in the Malta Dockyard throughout the years. Following the Dockyard's construction by the British Admiralty in the mid-1800s, a carefully planned training programme was created, to mould individuals at tradesmen level into the backbone of this new industry, which introduced the latest ship repair and maintenance techniques of the era.

This talk will be held at the Malta Maritime Museum, starting at 10am and finishing at around 11.30am. Attendance is free, but booking on or from any Heritage Malta museum or site is required, as seats are limited. The session will be conducted in Maltese.

Further talks will be taking place in May, September, October and November.

Visit for further information and follow Heritage Malta's social media channels to stay updated.

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