Accepted Paper:

has pdf download "The Clock Cannot be Put Back": The Importance of Traditional Forms of Economy in Maltese Tourism  


Melissa Clement (University of Northern B.C.)

Paper short abstract:

The rise of traditional craft shops on the islands of Malta and Gozo went hand-in-hand with the creation of the tourist industry in the nation. This article will look in-depth as to why traditional shops were created and how they were important for the Maltese identity and economy.

Paper long abstract:

The Second World War took its toll on Europe, restructuring national boundaries, decimating cities, and changed many countries politically and economically. In the years after the war, the Maltese government not only had to rebuild the country, but the economy had to be restructured over the next 20 years as Britain removed its naval bases and granted independence. Today, the tourism industry has become the primary means of employment for many in the country. Specifically, the cultural and heritage sectors are important with traditional craft skills such as lace-making and filigree becoming a key part of the sector. This paper will delve into the creation of the traditional economy into a viable source of income. Through interviews, oral histories, and ethnographic and historical research primarily done on the island of Gozo, the traditional craft shops will be studied to see their importance for societal identity in a time of uncertainty and upheaval.

Panel WIM-CHAT07
Intangible cultural heritage, design ecologies and creative industry