My speciality is British architecture, but that doesn’t mean that interest stops at the lapping shores of the English Channel. British architecture can be found all over the world.
I was recently on Malta. It was here that the British military was strategically posted for nearly 150 years. Britain acquired it from the French at the Treaty Paris in 1814. The British only left in 1979.
Located in the centre of Malta is the small town of Mtarfa, close to Rabat and Mdina. It was here in 1890 that the British military medical facilities were centralised.
|The old military hospital at Mtarfa - now a secondary school|
The main building is now a secondary school but the Sisters House (where the nurses lived) and the Isolation Block – although listed and apparently protected by the Maltese authorities - are derelict and facing a gloomy future.
|The Sisters House - Mtarfa|
|No protection from the elements|
|The Isolation Block at Mtarfa|
|Damage and Decay - Isolation Block - Mtarfa|
|Old Barracks at Mtarfa - converted into family homes|
|Isolation Block - Mtarfa|