Joseph Schirò is head emeritus of the Conservation Division within Heritage Malta. He had a long career in paper conservation and was instrumental in the opening of the graduate school for conservation in Malta.
He has written several articles on paper conservation and lectured extensively on the subject of conservation. He also co-edited and introduced the first festchrift in Malta, Liber Amicorum Dr. Albert Ganado in 1994, co-edited Malta 1796-1797 Thorvaldsen’s Visit in 1997, and co-authored Andersen and Malta in 1991, Fine Bookbindings in 1999, German Malta Maps in 2011 and The Brocktorff Mapmakers in 2012.
He is currently President of ICOM Malta and Honorary Secretary of the Malta Map Society and editor of the Malta Map Society Journal.