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Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts

Sunday 26 October 1400hrs - 1500hrs
Geography Matters... in Aviation 
The start of Aviation in Malta: the Kalafrana Seaplane base
slide show 
Malta Aviation Museum in collaboration with the Department of Geography
Aviation in Malta saw its beginnings in the early part of the 20th century when seaplanes were tested by the British Services in Maltese waters. With the First World War in full swing and conflict on land and sea was joined by that from the skies it was apparent that an aviation base was needed in Malta.  In 1916 Kalafrana within Marsaxlokk Bay was turned from a secure inlet to a seaplane base. The series of photos being shown in the presentation demonstrate the initial changes made to the inlet to accommodate the seaplanes, workshops and other ancillary facilities.     
Monday 27 October 1200hrs - 1400hrs
Geography Matters... in commemorating the First World War (1914-1918)
Presentations on geographies, aviation milestones, selected music, and local literature  
Malta as 'The Nurse of the Mediterranean'
Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts  together with Għaqda tal-Malti, Università

The Department of Geography at the Faculty of Arts is planning to commemorate this event during Discovery Week at the university. The programme will  aim to concentrating on the multidisciplinary aspect of Malta’s part in the First World War. This will include, amongst others, presentations on the changing geographies, aviation milestones, selected music, and local literature  pertaining to the war, its immediate aftermath, and as it shaped the century.

Within the local scenario Malta was spared the direct conflict experienced in Europe but faced the harsh realities of the effects of modern industrial warfare by having the island used as a base for refurbishing the British and Allied naval and merchant fleets, caring for the injured coming from the Mediterranean theatres of war and used as a convalescent camp for the troops. As a result, and as in previous occasions, the hostilities generated a degree of economic well-being and also earned Malta the title of 'Nurse of the Mediterranean'. 

Tuesday 28 October 0900hrs - 1000hrs
Wednesday 29 October 1200hrs - 1300hrs
Geography Matters... in Posters Presentation
Display of original research posters members of staff at the Department of Geography
The Department of Geography at the Faculty of Arts has developed a research agenda that spans the human and physical geographies with an emphasis on Malta. A method of presenting this research in a concise way is to show a number of posters that were presented at conferences and workshops over the last few years.  Members of staff of the department team up with foreign counterparts in most of the research projects.  

Friday 31 October 1100hrs - 1200hrs
Geography Matters... in Historical Cartographic Sketches
illustrated talk
An early 20th century series of cartographic sketches of Malta and Gozo

Fun Run
A Fun Run/ Walk and Relay will be held on Sunday 26 October ...
Last Updated: 13 October 2014

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