The Library of the Central Bank of Malta recently hosted a public lecture by Dr Charles J. Farrugia on – Sources of Malta’s Economic History: The views of the National Archivist.
The focus of Dr Farrugia’s talk was on how archival sources have been used so far in the writing and analysis of Malta’s economic history.
The limitations in access to certain archives were discussed and a number of potential archives and specific sources that need to be open to the public were also identified.
Dr Farrugia emphasised the urgent need to build a national archive that can cater for both traditional and electronic records.
The importance of adequate metadata, research portals and networking between different holdings was pointed out as prerequisite for new strides forward in the writing of Malta’s economic history and other topics of national importance.
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