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Malta National Archives Memory Project

I work at the National Archives of Malta, on the Memorja (National Memory) project. I am conducting oral history interviews with British ex-servicemen/women and their families, who came to Malta after WWII. I was directed towards this fantastic website, and wondered if there was anybody who would like to speak to me about their experiences of being in Malta. By after WWII I mean any decade really! It would be great to have a variety of different decades if possible.

For people who are interested my email address is sandra.blake@gov.mt. I would be happy to provide additional information on the project and be very grateful for any assistance you are able to give.

Thank you and kind regards,

Sandra Blake

(More detail in comments below).

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admin   [Jul 06, 2017 at 03:44 PM]
This is an overview of the sort of thing I’m looking for in my interviews (or written accounts if an interview isn’t possible): * Long-standing connection with Malta and recurrent visits * Impressions of the Maltese * Inter-generational connections with Malta through family story-telling * Unsuccessful integration of Malta and the UK around 1955-1961 * Physical connections with Malta e.g. Commonwealth cemeteries * Cultural clashes between different kinds of British and Maltese This is very general though, and really it’s the individual experiences of people that are important and interesting to us. A bit more about the project for your information: Memorja is going to be Malta’s national oral, sound and visual archive and its official launch will be later this year. There are different oral history themes, and my colleagues and I each have a different theme to interview people on. These include folk medicine, childhood, the war, soundscapes/bellringing, migration and public administration. My theme comes under migration, and is based on British people who moved to Malta from WWII onwards, either due to the British armed forces, or for other reasons, such as marriage....../(next comment)
Martin Powell   [Jul 06, 2017 at 03:47 PM]
....../ contd - The long-term goal for Memorja is a large, online portal whereby individuals can access oral histories, music, soundscapes, film, photographs and ephemera etc., all in one place, without having to visit the archive. The National Archives is collaborating with lots of individuals with private collections, so that as many aspects of Malta’s collective memory as possible will be preserved and accessible to all. You can find more information on the archive here: ARCHIVE Are you based in the UK? If you’re interested in being part of this project, I could send you my questionnaire and you could send me back your written answers, along with any photographs, letters etc. that you’d like to share. I’d love to hear your story. Sandra.

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