The Guild Conference welcomes Kim Baldacchino Posted 17 February 2017 by Julie Goucher Following a career in IT, Kim is busy in her role as webmaster for the Guild but continues to try to find time to progress her one-name and one-place studies. Since retiring, she completed the Advanced Diploma in Local History from Oxford University and moved to Malta with her husband and two of their sons. About three-quarters of Malta’s 400,000+ residents hold one of the top 100 occurring Maltese surnames, including Kim’s married name Baldacchino, and her relocation provides the opportunity to immerse herself in the islands’ fascinating history and genealogy. The Royal Navy in Malta Since this small group of Mediterranean islands came under British rule with the surrender of Napoleon’s occupying troops in 1800, Malta has been of strategic importance to the Royal Navy. From ‘nurse of the Mediterranean’ to the whole country being awarded the George Cross for heroism, Kim will investigate the naval history of this nation as it relates to Britain along with the historic sites, records and memorials that preserve this history. Kim will be presenting at the Guild of One-Name Studies conference on Saturday 1st April 2017. Non-members are welcome and booking is currently still open. Presentations will be available to Guild members after the event.