During the spring, the Ateneo (scientific, literary and art centre) organised an excellent series of lectures on the Treaty of Utrecht (signed after the War of Spanish Succession and granting Britain sovereignty of Menorca). However, they were mostly in Catalan and therefore rather a struggle for many foreign residents to understand. English speaking residents and visitors are therefore privileged to have two prestigious lecturers prepared to speak in English.
The first talk was given by Ann-Marie Akehurst in August, entitled ‘Restoration London, Home and Away, the hospital on the Isla del Rey’ accompanied by some amazing and rare illustrations. Anne-Marie Akehurst is an architectural historian, with a holiday home in Menorca. She has written a highly regarded thesis about the construction of the first purpose-built Royal Naval Hospital on the Isla del Rey and the reasons why it was built, and an explanation of its style in the context of contemporary buildings. The lecture was enjoyed by all those who attended and Dr Guimerá’s talk promises to be equally informative, interesting and entertaining.
All those wishing to attend are invited for a welcoming glass of cava in the Hotel Carlos III at 19.00 hrs before the lecture starts at 19.30hrs and will also have an opportunity to meet Dr Guimerá afterwards. Dinner is available if required, served on the hotel’s outdoor dining terrace which offers magnificent panoramic views over the harbour, at a cost of €16 per person (buffet and Menorcan show cooking – drinks not included). Bookings to be made direct with the hotel on: 971 363 100.
Tickets are available for the British Honorary Consulate, weekday mornings between 10.00 and 12.00 midday, or from Lorraine Ure, Isla del Rey Foundation Member, at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is sponsored by Ateneo de Máo and Hotel Artiem Carlos III. It is also hoped that everyone attending will be happy to donate at least €5 towards the ongoing restoration fund for the renovation of Isla del Rey Naval Hospital.
Dr Agustín Guimerá Ravina, Research Fellow of the Spanish Council of Scientific Research, Madrid, was born in Gran Canaria in 1953 and lives in the Canary Islands and Madrid. He has a Degree in Philosophy and Literature and also specialised in Geography and History, University of Complutense, Madrid, where he has been in charge of the Maritime History department since 1982. He is currently Scientific Investigator of the Institute of History, C S I C, Madrid. He has published more than eighty books and papers, mainly on Maritime History in the 18th Century. Other specialist subjects include: Economic and Social History, Maritime History, History of the Atlantic, Port cities, Business and Commercial history, Naval History of Europe and America, American Colonial History, Irish history, History of Thought, Illustration and Bourbon Reformism. Dr Guimerá is also a Vice-President of the 1805 Club, which supports and preserves Georgian Naval buildings and memorials. (Members of this club will be visiting Menorca in 2014).