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Guarding against Contagion


This latest issue of ARX occasional papers (Issue 6/2016), authored by Dr. Stephen C. Spiteri, is dedicated to the role that coastal fortifications and guard posts played in the Hospitaller knights’ attempt to secure the Maltese islands against the real threat of contagion following the devastating outbreak of plague in the harbour city of Messina, in nearby Sicily, in 1743.

Third Centenary of Coastal Batteries

This year, 2016, marks the third centenary since the completion of the Hospitaller Knights' ambitious programme of coastal defences embarked upon in 1714-1716

NEW BOOK: Lines of Defence

A new, beautifully-produced book containing eighteenth-century plans and elevations of the fortifications built and projected by the Hospitaller Knights of St. John in the Maltese islands has recently been published jointly by the International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta and Malta Libraries.

Matteo Perez d'Aleccio's Fortification

Public lecture by Dr Stephen C. Spiteri PhD organised by the International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta, in collaboration with Din l-Art Helwa.

Refurbished Birgu Ditch

Wednesday 27 January 2016 saw the inauguration and opening of Birgu’s land front ditch (il-Foss) following its rehabilitation by the Restoration Directorate as part of an ERDF project dedicated to the restoration and rehabilitation of the historic fortifications of the Maltese islands.

New Book on ERDF Restoration Works

The Restoration Directorate within the Ministry for Justice, Culture  and Local Government, Malta, has launched a new book documenting its work on the restoration and rehabilitation of the historic fortification of Malta and Gozo

ART EXHIBITION - Silent Sentinels of WWII

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the End of the Second World War, Military is holding an exhibition of original pen drawings of concrete defences from World War Two

Fort St. Elmo - After the Siege is marking the 450th anniversary of the Great Siege of Malta in 1565 with a drawing of Fort St. Elmo, entitled ‘Fort St. Elmo - After the Siege’.

Great Siege Exhibition

Readers of may be interested to know of a fascinating exhibition currently being held at the National Library of Malta,

Arx Fort Manoel, Occasional Papers 4

The design & construction of an eighteenth-century bastioned fort.

Earth Fortifications Discovered in Poland

Archaeologists have discovered evidence of unknown medieval fortifications which may indicate the presence of Hussite clashes near a small village in Poland.

Qalet Marku gives up its Fougasse is happy to learn of the finding of a long-forgotten fougasse along the Baħar ic-Cagħaq coastline, on the north eastern side of Malta.

Din L-Art Ħelwa Restoring Tower

Din L-Art Ħelwa, Malta’s leading voluntary heritage organization, has begun work on the restoration of Wignacourt Tower at St. Paul’s Bay.

Counterguard Chapel Reconstructed is glad to note that the Chapel of  St Roche on St Michael’s Counterguard, in Valletta, which was demolished during the Second World War and never rebuilt, has been faithfully reconstructed.

Replica palisade at Birgu

Visitors to the fortified city of Birgu, in Malta, during an ‘open weekend’ held on 25 and 26 October 2014, were able to see, amongst various other things, a replica of a wooden palisade du chemin couvert 
Unearthed features at the Cittadella

Ongoing conservation works unearth important original features.

Fort Manoel, Forthcoming issue of ARX

Fort Manoel: the design & construction of an 18th-century Hospitaller fort by Dr. Stephen C. Spiteri. Ph.D.

Defending Valletta's Marsamxett Enceinte

Seventeenth and eighteenth century proposals and projects for the Isoletto and Dragut Point.

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