Heritage Malta exhibition at St Angelo for 40th anniversary of Freedom Day
Heritage Malta has just inaugurated an exhibition on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Freedom Day. ‘Behind Closed Doors’, which is being held at Fort St Angelo, will show interesting facets of events which were held at this fortress when it was occupied by the Royal Fleet between 1906 and 1979.
Planned to create a total experience, this exhibition will provide visitors with an opportunity to join forces with the Royal Fleet by choosing one of four grades of office. The exhibition will be spread over five areas of Fort St Angelo, with visitors being able to explore and discover the history of this military building, together with life inside the fortress during its occupation by the Royal Fleet. This will be possible by creating once again places and events of the period, including the dormitory, the bar and different uniforms in use at the time.
Whilst the exhibition will centre on naval use of this fortress and architectural changes to the building to make it serviceable for the needs of the era, the highlight of this event will focus on personal memories. On 31 March 1979 Fort St Angelo in Vittoriosa was the last military site to witness the departure of the Britannic forces from the Maltese Islands. This fortress had always been administered by foreign authorities for several centuries, and for this reason there was little or no access for the Maltese. With access forbidden for civilians, and with limited areas where services personnel, both Maltese and British, could enter, very few individuals ever had the opportunity to visit the full fortress. These experiences, together with a number of personal items recently donated to Heritage Malta, will shed light on events and happenings behind the closed doors of HMS St Angelo during its occupation by the Royal fleet.
This exhibition will remain open until 8 September.