Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum - HMML Repository

Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum

Manuscripts, printed books, and archival materials from the Palazzo Falson Library, Museum, and Olof Frederick Gollcher archives containing records from the 16th-20th century.


  • Collection

  • Country

    Malta
  • City

    Mdina
  • Repository

    Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum
  • Project Codes

    OFGA, PFL, PFM
  • Project Numbers

    PFL 00001-PFL 00083; PFM 00001-PFM 00069; OFGA 00001-OFGA 00065
  • Type

    Digital
  • Digital Surrogates

    197
  • Date Preserved

    2015
  • Languages

    English; Latin; Italian; Spanish; French; German; Dutch; Portuguese
  • Reproduction Notes

    Gaps in the HMML project numbers
  • Reading Room Collections

  • Uncataloged Collections


The Palazzo Falson is the former home of Captain Olof Frederick Gollcher (1889-1962), the son of a prosperous shipping merchant of Swedish descent. Gollcher was an artist, scholar, and philanthropist, but also a discerning collector of objets d'art and historical objects. The Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum and the Malta Study Center signed an agreement to digitize over 100 manuscripts and rare Melitensia housed in the Palazzo Falson Museum and Library. The Malta Study Center also digitized the Olof Frederick Gollcher Archives. Over 60 boxes of archival records were digitized. The project began and ended in 2015.

Palazzo Falson Library

The Palazzo Falson Library contains books and manuscripts consisting mainly of historic works and literary works in various languages. Some highly valuable manuscripts can also be found in this collection, including medieval manuscript fragments bound with printed books. Gollcher's library includes a large Melitensia collection. Prominent among the collection are early manuscript statutes of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem and the 1594 history of the Order by Giacomo Bosio.

HMML Reading Room (first record) - https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/132699

Palazzo Falson Museum

The Palazzo Falson Museum has a unique collection of over twenty-five rare manuscripts that remain on permanent exhibition as part of the museum collection. These valuable manuscripts include several large papal bulls with full lead seals in addition to large drawings of naval battles and sieges. Most remarkable are the gilded and illuminated manuscripts detailing the genealogy of prospective members of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem.

HMML Reading Room (first record) - https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/132813

Olof Frederick Gollcher Archives

The Olof Frederick Gollcher Archives consist of over 60 boxes of archival material dating from the seventeenth through the twentieth century. The records include rare materials and manuscripts acquired by Olof Gollcher and his family, in addition to records from his service in Malta during World War II, his work with international artists, the papers of the historian Major Henry Balbi, and records from International Institute of Mediterranean Archaeology. The OFGA collection can be viewed on-site at HMML only.