Fascinating photos show life in Malta in the 1950s

These fascinating photographs offer a glimpse of Malta in the 1950s.

The collection of more than 350 beautiful pictures show snapshots of everyday life in the Maltese Islands nearly 70 years ago.

The images were taken by award-winning photographer and archaeologist Peter J. Shield between 1954 and 1959.

He said: ‘This collection provides valuable memories of one of the most exciting periods of my life.

‘I spent five wonderful years in Malta at the end of my military career, working with the Archaeology Department of Cambridge University on the excavation of Malta’s remarkable catacombs.

‘During those five years, I was privileged to photograph and record all the archaeological sites in Malta and Gozo.’

The collection shows amazing photos of military training exercises at Mellieha Bay led by British war hero Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, as well as stunning aerial views of Mosta.

Other images feature everyday life in Valletta, Hamrun, Mosta, Birkirkara and Paola, and highlight just how much Malta has changed over the decades.

Around 350 negatives of photos shot in the 1950s by Dr Shield have been donated to Heritage Malta.

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