Russian Centre for Science and Culture (RCSC) is situated in a mansion of the second half of the XVI century (an area of 1067 m2) - the former home of the Englishman Sir Oliver Starkey, a secretary and a squire of the Grand Master of the Maltese Order, Jean Parisot de la Valette. Sir Oliver Starkey particularly distinguished himself during the Great Siege. He was the only Knight who was awarded with the honor of being buried along with the Grand Master of the Order in the crypt of the St. Lohn's Co-Cathedral, which is located directly in front of the RCSC.
Russian Centre for Science and Culture was opened after the restoration of the building on 8 November, 1990. RCSC in Malta is one of the overseas offices of Rossotrudnichestvo.
The main activities of the RCSC is the preparation and implementation of programs in the fields of science, culture and education, the promotion of the Russian language and information work with compatriots living in Malta. The important activity of the RCSC is to strengthen relations with the Russian diaspora, promotion of activities to enhance the cultural, scientific and business cooperation with Russia, as well as maintaining ties with their historical homeland.
RCSC is actively working to popularise the Russian language and the preservation and strengthening of the Russian cultural and humanitarian space, to assist in the study and dissemination of the Russian language as an integral part of world culture and an instrument of international and business communication.
To implement this feature with the RCSC highly functioning, having a long history of Russian language courses, as well as the Theatre Studio of the RCSC.
RCSC organises concerts and events in connection with the momentous and memorable events in the history of Russia, holds creative meetings, organises art exhibitions, art and book exhibitions, presentations.
Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Malta offers:
* Concert hall with 150 seats;
* Two exhibition halls with a total area of 120 m2;
* Museum of the history of Russian-Maltese relations;
* Two classrooms for Russian language study;
* Library with a reading room, a book collection of more than seven thousand pieces;
* 500 DVD-disks with Russian and foreign art, children's and animated films.
Russian Centre for Science and Culture is opened toeveryone from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00 hours (except official Russian public holidays).
Participation in the activities and use of the RCSC library is based on the payment of the annual membership fee of 15 Euro per person or 25 euros for a couple.