Clare Hall Spanish Society

X Spanish Society meeting - 2016

On the morning of Saturday 1 October 2016, the Spanish Society met in Bilbao.  The mood before the talks session was joyful, not only because of the presence of the President and Liz Ramsden, the former College Secretary, but also because we were reunited with so many old college friends.

The life members who had not visited Clare Hall for years were particularly pleased that Liz could join us, just after her retirement. They have unforgettable memories of her warm welcome and her steady willingness to help in their first steps in Clare Hall.

Dignitaries of the University of the Basque Country addressed the group just before the workshop opening by Professor David Ibbetson and his very interesting lecture on the history of Spanish law. It was followed by talks on ‘manufacturing from an economic point of view’, ‘Ether in the history of science’, ‘the importance of the Red Cross in specific war times’ and finished with ‘Brexit from a legal point of view’, and ‘a celebration of the 400 years of Cervantes’s legacy with a last lecture on Don Quixote’.

The party then moved to the Guggenheim museum for a traditional lunch and a guided tour in the afternoon. The meeting was funded by the Basque Government, the University of the Basque Country and the Caixa bank, for which we are all very grateful. It was fantastically organised by Elena Vecino and Covadonga Aldamiz-Echevarría, both of the University of the Basque Country. They arranged the programme, accommodation, and raised the mentioned funds.

We all look forward to the next meeting in Salamanca in 2018 and welcome all members to come and enjoy both academic and leisure activities with the Spanish Society.