University strengthens cultural relations with Spain

Federico Palomera, Consul General of Spain, visited the University of Aberdeen in November to strengthen cultural relations between Aberdeen and Spain.

During his visit Mr Palomera supported and attended a concert of Spanish music at King’s College Chapel by the award-wining pianist Daniel del Pino.

He also presented Professor Chris Gane, Vice-Principal and Head of College of Arts and Social Science, with a 13-volume set of Flora Mutis for the University Library.

Flora Mutisis an outstanding collection of the botanical drawings and descriptions from the Celestino Mutis expedition to the Kingdom of New Granada (present day Colombia, Panama and other South American and Central Americana) between 1783 and 1816. 

Aberdeenis the only major academic library in the UK to have a complete set of the volumes.

Professor Gane said: “We are delighted to receive this marvellous gift which complements our extensive plate book holdings relating to natural history, travel and world botany. 

“Aberdeen is a university with a strong European intellectual tradition, and so it is fitting that we are working to strengthen our cultural links with Spain.”