The Department of Conservation & Built Heritage has as one of its core functions moving forward a research agenda, centred around a wide range of aspects connected to Cultural Heritage, its management, conservation and outreach.
As such, our Department has since its inception been collaborating with Heritage entities, both locally and in the wider Heritage community, to develop themes and projects which also feed into its teaching curriculum. Long-standing collaboration with other University of Malta Departments, including Classics & Archaeology
, Metallurgy & Materials Engineering
and Art & Art History
, also sets the basis for strong multi-disciplinary research themes.
The projects currently underway within our Department are:
- Conservation of Matteo Perez d'Aleccio's Great Siege wall paintings in the Throne Room of the Palace of the President of the Republic, in collaboration with Heritage Malta. Part funded by Gasan Foundation, and Planning Authority, through RIDT (Research Trust), University of Malta.
- Evaluation of the behaviour of the shelters of the Megalithic Temples of Malta and to understand the effects of sheltering on salt weathering on stone, in collaboration with Heritage Malta and Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the National Research Council CNR-ISAC (Italy).
- Studying the behaviour of traditional, modified and modern roofs to compare their behaviour and evaluate the effects of modern 'adaptations' on general behaviour and wellbeing of historic buildings – Earth Observation for Historic Building Conservation and Sustainability (EO4HBCS). Project financed by the Malta Council for Science & Technology, for and on behalf of the Foundation for Science and Technology, through the Space Research Fund.
- The technology of Baroque oil-based wall paintings in Malta: Materials and implications for conservation – Ph.D. Research (Roberta De Angelis).
- Partner of IPERION HS, Integrating Platforms for the European Research Infrastructure ON Heritage Science, funded by Horizon 2020.
- Project to understand how to make heritage more accessible, through digital and innovative tools – I-ACCESS Interreg Italia-Malta Project.
- Cost Action 18110 – Underground Built Heritage as catalyser for Community Valorisation.