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TOURISM AND LEISURE

In medieval times, travelling was either limited to the wealthy classes, or done for religious reasons or pilgrimage. Early modern Europe saw the introduction of the Grand Tour, mostly popular with noblemen, but also with craftsmen, explorers and scholars. This meant that people had a personal reason for travelling. Malta was already an attraction to visitors in the early modern period, and this did not change when Malta became a British protectorate. Visitors arrived on our shores for both leisure purposes or in service. Seaside holiday time was also an aspect that became popular towards the end of the 19th century, as swimming was regarded as being healthy and promoted circulation.

Frances Susanna Bunbury (1850-1915) and Louisa Harriet Constance Cometina Bunbury (1843-1923), visited Malta in the winter of 1871-1872. During their stay, they attended balls, exhibitions, and visited archaeological sites and enjoyed festivities. The writings of paymaster John Cecil Baker (1876-1958) also give insight into the life of an officer of the British Mediterranean Fleet, between duties and leisure.

Today, tourism is a major component of the country’s economy, constituting a substantial percentage of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Visitors to the Maltese Islands are nowadays more international, as the vast historical timeline and traditional icons of our heritage still attract people from all walks of life.

ArtEfacts

Size

52cm x 60cm x 48cm

Date

1880-1920

Location

Malta Maritime Museum, Third Floor

Creator

Maddler Koffer

Reference Code

MMM 005115

Late 19th- early 20th century

Size

85.3 x 59.3 cm

Date

1994

Location

Malta Maritime Museum, Third Floor

Creator

National Tourism Organisation of Malta

Reference Code

MMM 005215

Size

23.3cm x 19cm x 7cm

Date

1872

Location

Malta Maritime Museum, Third Floor

Creator

Frances Susanna Bunbury

Reference Code

MMM 004532

Illustrated poetic description of Frances Susanna Bunbury’s and Louisa Harriet Constance Cometina Bunbury’s visit to Malta in the winter of 1871-1872, describing the picnics, dances, and social life of young women traveling to Malta.

Size

13.4cm x 9.1cm x 1.8cm

Date

1897

Location

Malta Maritime Museum, Third Floor

Creator

John Cecil Baker

Reference Code

MMM 001587.MS21

Size

13.6cm x 9.2cm x 1.9cm

Date

1898

Location

Malta Maritime Museum, Third Floor

Creator

John Cecil Baker

Reference Code

MMM 001587.MS22

Size

13.6cm x 9.2cm x 1.8cm

Date

1899

Location

Malta Maritime Museum, Third Floor

Creator

John Cecil Baker

Reference Code

MMM 001587.MS23

Size

13.6cm x 9.2cm x 2cm

Date

1900

Location

Malta Maritime Museum, Third Floor

Creator

John Cecil Baker

Reference Code

MMM 001587.MS24

Size

13.8cm x 9.4cm x 1.4cm

Date

1901

Location

Malta Maritime Museum, Third Floor

Creator

John Cecil Baker

Reference Code

MMM 001587.MS25

Size

13.8cm x 9.4cm x 1.4cm

Date

1902

Location

Malta Maritime Museum, Third Floor

Creator

John Cecil Baker

Reference Code

MMM 001587.MS26

Date

c. 1920

Location

Malta Maritime Museum, Third Floor

Reference Code

MMM 003158

Size

13.6cm x 9cm x 2.1cm

Date

1894

Location

Malta Maritime Museum, Third Floor

Creator

John Cecil Baker

Reference Code

MMM 001587.MS18

Size

13.6cm x 9.1cm x 1.7cm

Date

1895

Location

Malta Maritime Museum, Third Floor

Creator

John Cecil Baker

Reference Code

MMM 001587.MS19

Size

13.5cm x 9.1cm x 1.8cm

Date

1896

Location

Malta Maritime Museum, Third Floor

Creator

John Cecil Baker

Reference Code

MMM 001587.MS20

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The Mediterranean expanse, which in antiquity was defined as “The Great Sea”, has for centuries