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Join a paper-doll making workshop for kids

This one’s a little different! Palazzo Falson, located in Mdina, is hosting an online paper doll-making workshop for kids. The participants are being asked to create differing designs, based on the fashionable styles worn by Olof and Nella Gollcher, while simultaneously learning about the collage technique.

Any children who opt to participate in the workshop will receive a do-it-yourself kit, in order to be able to follow the real-time online event.

Who were Olof and Nella Gollcher?

Olof Gollcher and Nella Gollcher in Stockholm Sweden, 30th July 1957, Archives at Palazzo Falson Historic House Musuem Mdina.

We’re glad you asked! Olof Frederick Gollcher was born in Valletta in 1889 to a family of Swedish descent. In 1914, Gollcher joined the British Army and subsequently served in both World Wars, gaining the rank of Captain in 1945. He was also named Knight of Grace of the Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem and appointed Officer of the most excellent Order of the British Empire. In 1947, he married Italian Teresa ‘Nella’ Lucia, an officer in the nursing division of St John’s Ambulance. In 1927, however, Olof Gollcher and his mother purchased part of the palace known as Palazzo Falson, for €779 and later bought the rest in 1938, for €630.

Gollcher was a collector, artist and cultural enthusiast and owned a multitude of paintings, silver, books, oriental carpets and furniture. He transferred all his collections into the palace and made significant changes, such as in the courtyard, where he built a Siculo-Renaissance inspired external staircase. He also built a fountain and Byzantine-Romanesque folly.

What are the details about the workshop?

The workshop is being held on 27 February, from 10am to 11am. Pre-booking is essential and hurry, because bookings come to a close on 22 February at noon.

Secure your child’s place by sending an email to bookings@palazzofalson.com or call on 2145 4512. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive the do-it-yourself kit by post and an email with a Zoom link for the online workshop.