The doors of the Patio de Luces of the Diputación de Almería open to the history of the two hundred years of the creation of the province and its provincial institution with an exhibition that recounts the most important events that led to the constitution of the Almerian territory in 1822 during the ‘Trienio Liberal’.
The exhibition ‘200 years of the creation of the province and the Diputación de Almería’ was inaugurated yesterday afternoon and can be visited at the Provincial Palace until 27 January. The event was attended by the President of the Provincial Council, Javier A. García, and one of the curators of the exhibition, the historian Carlos Villoria.
The presentation was attended by a broad representation of Almeria’s society; the vice-president, Fernando Giménez; the deputy for Culture and Cinema, Almudena Morales and other authorities, including the former president of the Diputación de Almería Gabriel Amat, and the bishop of Almería, Antonio Gómez, as well as representatives of the provincial culture.
The president explained that “the exhibition is a magnificent opportunity for all Almerians to learn about our history, a history that is rooted in the desire for freedom and progress that Spain experienced during the Liberal Triennium, a spirit and principles that were present in this new territorial configuration and that are still fully in force today”.
Similarly, Javier A. García recalled that “the principles of channelling the growth and prosperity of our towns and villages, giving the provinces an entity and more autonomy and independence continue to guide the course of this institution today. We work for the welfare and quality of life of the people of Almeria, equal opportunities and that the municipalities have the same services as any large city.
Finally, the president pointed out that this exhibition is “an essential event for any Almerian who wants to discover the past that defines our present and helps us to build the future. A history forged with the effort and blood of men and women who gave their lives for freedom and their love for Almería. One more reason for the people of Almería to show the pride we feel for our land.
The historian Carlos Villoria, one of the curators of the exhibition together with María Dolores Haro and Pepa Balsells, explained the meticulous work undertaken by a team of researchers from the Provincial Council’s Institute of Almerian Studies (IEA) to create this exhibition. The exhibition consists of explanatory panels, biographies of illustrious figures of the time, original documents from the Library Archive of the Institution such as maps, engravings, administrative writings, press reports, recreation of typical costumes of the time and a teaser of the documentary ‘Almería, the birth of a province’, which will be released later.
Among the documents on display are a map of cart tracks in the province of Almería from 1860, an illustration of an esparto kiosk built for the visit of Isabel II, and a document from the Cathedral of Almería about the mass that was celebrated in honour of the establishment of the Diputación in 1822.
The exhibition ‘200 years of the creation of the province and the Diputación de Almería’, which will have a travelling version to be enjoyed later by the municipalities, can be visited in the Patio de Luces de Diputación until 27 January, from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 9pm.
An opportunity for our history
The creation of a new province in the eastern sector of the former province and kingdom of Granada provoked intense debate both on its territorial delimitation and, above all, on the determination of the municipality that should be the capital of the new administrative jurisdiction.
The debate was decided during the Liberal Triennium (1820-1823), when the Cortes, the exclusive depositaries of national sovereignty, debated and decided on the new configuration of the Spanish territory divided into 49 provinces in 1822. In 1823, with the restoration of absolutism, this new organisation was abolished.
Throughout this year, numerous activities will be carried out to celebrate the bicentenary of the creation of the province of Almería and its provincial institution. All of them will be carried out with the overall objective of defending, disseminating and promoting knowledge of the history, traditions and cultural, artistic and monumental heritage of the province of Almería.
Diputación, through the IEA and in coordination with the different areas, has designed an extensive programme of commemorative activities under the coordination of historians Carlos Villoria and María Dolores Haro. Among the main actions to be launched are publications on different themes, travelling exhibitions, conferences, cultural activities and the production of an audiovisual documentary.