The APS holds many events for their members throughout the year. These range from specially organised visits to some of London's most spectacular historic sites, evening soirees, wine tastings, traditional Portuguese dinners as well as a many other activities. We also hold The Annual General Meeting where we open the discussion to our members about suggestions to improve the Society

Upcoming events

    • 28 Sep 2017
    • 20:00 - 22:00
    • Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS London, United Kingdom

    A prolific singer and songwriter known for combining Portuguese music styles with classical and contemporary musical instruments, join us for Miguel Araújo’s first major UK concert.

    Even when performing to large audiences, Miguel Araújo’s music always has a certain intimate quality to it - the delicate sound of his guitar imbued with the power to lift the soul. Here he is joined by six of Portugal’s best musicians; respected masters of their respective instruments, the band p...laying an eclectic mix of strings, piano and clarinet fused with glockenspiel and a wide variety of world percussion.
    Outside of his acclaimed solo career – which spans two Gold albums to date, with a third scheduled for release in April 2017, Miguel Araújo is a well-respected songwriter who has written for many of the Fado greats, including Ana Moura, António Zambujo and Carminho. Last year, Miguel Araújo teamed up António Zambujo to perform a historical duo at both the Lisbon and Porto Coliseums, selling out an incredible 33 shows - a phenomenon that had never occurred before in the history of Portugal.

    Thanks to the new partnership between The Anglo-Portuguese Society and DELETED SCENE, our members will benefit from a 20% off the ticket price. Please email for the Promo code.

    • 3 Oct 2017
    • 17:30 - 20:30
    • Residence of The Portuguese Ambassador, 12 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PN

    The Anglo-Portuguese Society and The John Adams Society

    are pleased to present their first joint event 

    "Cyber Governance and Diplomacy" 


    Tuesday, 3rd October 2017


    5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


    By Kind Permission of 

    His Excellency Manuel Lobo Antunes

    The Portuguese Ambassador, 

    the event shall be held at 

    Residence of The Portuguese Ambassador,

    12 Belgrave Square, London

    SW1X 8PN 


        As outlined by the new Chairman of The Anglo-Portuguese Society, Mr Andrew Harcourt, through his chairmanship he and the Executive Committee seek to put a greater emphasis on Culture, Education & Diplomacy. This joint event with The John Adams Society, the Alumni Association of the US Embassy Exchange programmes in the UK, is our first event in the Diplomacy arena. The purpose of this event is to promote discussion and debate on the importance of cyber challenges with regards diplomacy, and how they can be addressed through National Strategies and Bilateral Co-operation Agreements.


       This, the first of many joint events to come, aims to broaden the reach of the Society, building bridges of friendship with similar organisations.


    Arrivals• 17:30 – 18:00

    Welcome address • 18:00 – 18:15


    His Excellency Manuel Lobo Antunes, the Portuguese Ambassador 

    Andrew Harcourt - Chairman of the Anglo-Portuguese Society

    Richard Stephenson - Chairman of the John Adams Society 


    Cyber Governance and Diplomacy • 18:15 – 19:00

    Guest Speakers:


    Dr. Helena Rego

    Director of the Human Resources and Intelligence Academy under the Portuguese Republic Intelligence System (SIRP) 

    Dr. Emily Taylor  

    CEO Oxford Information Labs

    Q&A • 19:00 – 19:30

    Reception  • 19:30 – 20:30


    The event is limited to 30 places and will be allocated by the Executive Committee from those registering interest.

    The Executive Committee of the Anglo-Portuguese Society.

    Co-organised with:

    • 25 Oct 2017
    • 18:00 - 20:00
    • Residence of The Portuguese Ambassador, 12 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PN

    Clive Gilbert MBE

    Chairman of the British Historical Society of Portugal

    On 10th of February 2017, HRH the Prince of Wales, on behalf of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, awarded Clive Gilbert an MBE in recognition of his voluntary work in promoting historical and cultural relations between the United Kingdom and Portugal.

    Preserving a uniquely successful line of defence

    One reason for the honour was the work Clive has undertaken over many years in bringing about the preservation of some of the 152 forts, redoubts and military roads that form the Lines of Torres Vedras, a defensive line built between 1809 and 1810 by the British and Portuguese armies on the instruction of Arthur Wellesley, Marquis of Wellington and future first Duke of Wellington (1814).  Its aim was to prevent Napoleon’s army under Marshal Massena from reaching Lisbon during the Peninsular War (1807-1814).  Clive’s interest partly stemmed from family tradition that holds that his ancestor, Thomas Custance, had travelled to Portugal to look after his cousin, wounded at the Battle of Vimeiro in 1808 whilst fighting the French army.

    Advanced state of decay threaten to destroy historic forts

    Clive had been interested in the Lines since the 1990’s, and was aware of their advanced state of decay and that the Portuguese Ministry of Culture had refused to fund the local councils’ plans for their protection and restoration.  When the British Historical Society appointed him as its representative for the commemorations of the 200th anniversary of the Peninsular War, he realised that this was an ideal opportunity to persuade all concerned of the importance of rescuing the Lines.

    Forces gather to save the Lines

    Clive helped bring together representatives of local councils, the Portuguese military,  and the British Historical Society of Portugal.  Under the umbrella of the Directorate-General of Buildings and Monuments they set up a working group to garner funds and decide on a plan of restoration.  A full 65%  of funding came from the councils themselves, with the crucial remainder from the European Economic Area Financial Grants Mechanism.  

    Clive also realised that the Lines needed greater exposure to attract tourism and hence economic benefits to the area  The wider community also needed to be informed of the historic significance of the Lines.  This defensive system of interlocking forts connected by the naval semaphore system enjoyed considerably more military success and at a much lower cost than the Maginot and Siegfried Lines, Hadrian’s Wall, and  the Great Wall of China, none of which proved successful.   This enabled the two allies, Britain and Portugal, to thwart what was then the strongest army in Europe.

    In order to raise the profile of the efforts of local councils to promote the Lines, Clive invited the present Duke of Wellington to visit the Lines, riding where his ancestor had once ridden.  A descendent of French Marshal André Massena also visited them, as well as representatives of the British and Portuguese armies, the Assembly of the Republic and both Houses of Parliament.

    The Lines of Torres Vedras stand as a unique military masterpiece as well as an expression of some of the finer aspects of the Anglo Portuguese alliance.  An achievement that had been almost forgotten was saved.

    Apart from the museum at Torres Vedras, each municipality possesses a Visitor’s Centre, and many of the forts have been restored or secured.  Additionally, the Lines are in the process of being classified as a Portuguese national monument.


    Clive spreads the word

    Clive has given talks, in both English and Portuguese, in the UK, Portugal and the USA.  He has provided local expertise to the BBC for their documentary “Wellington – the Iron Duke” and assisted in translation of books, pamphlets and museum exhibition labels.

    Further participation in the British community

    Clive has also contributed to the British community in Portugal in many different ways: he has been Chairman of the British Historical Society of Portugal since 2011; he was Vice-Chairman since 2000.  He was Governor of St Julian’s School near Lisbon, for fifteen years, was on the committee of the Cheshire Homes for the Disabled in Portugal and on the Council of the British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce.

    • 2 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 - 18:00
    • G7, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

    Second One-Day Conference on Anglo-Portuguese Studies:

    “Anglophone Travel Writing on Portugal and its Colonies: Anglo-Portuguese Literary Dialogues”

    Organised by: Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (CETAPS), NOVA FCSH; Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), University of London; Anglo-Portuguese Society

    IMLR, University of London, November 2, 2017


    Venue: room G7, Ground Floor (Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU)

    This one-day conference aims to analyse literary and cultural Anglo-portuguese dialogues throughout the centuries, paying special attention to the anglophone gaze over Portugal and the literary representations of the country and its colonies.


    Opening session 10am

    João Silvestre (IMLR, Instituto Camões)

    Sandra Carito (Anglo-Portuguese Society)

    Carlos Ceia (CETAPS, NOVA-FCSH)

    10.10-10.40 Keynote Lecture:

    Carlos Ceia (CETAPS, NOVA FCSH): “The Uncanny Geography of Portugal in The High Mountains of Portugal, by Yann Martel”

    Q&A: 10.40-10.50

    10.50: Regina dos Santos Duarte (Director of Camões Institute in the UK and the Channel Islands): “Teaching Portuguese Literature in British Schools: Challenges of Working between Two Traditions”

    11.10: Conceição Castel-Branco (CETAPS, NOVA FCSH): “The ‘Royal Adventure’ of Queen Catherine of Braganza: Travelling among Cultures.”

    11.30: Ana Rita Padeira (CETAPS, Open University): “An Artistic Gaze upon Portugal: James Murphy’s Travels (1789-1790)”

    11.50: Isabel Simões Ferreira (CETAPS, Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon): “‘Echoes of British Contributions to the Celebrations of the Fourth Centenary of the Discovery of the Maritime Route to India’”

    12.10: Gabriela Gândara Terenas (CETAPS, NOVA FCSH): “Republican Propaganda in Britain: a Progressive Portugal or a Domestication of the Other?”

    Q&A: 12.30-12.45

    12.45-14.00 Lunch

    14.00: João Paulo Ascenso Pereira da Silva (CETAPS, NOVA FCSH): “Portugal of the Portuguese (1915): Aubrey Bell’s Ultraconservative Perspective of the Political Turmoil in Portugal during the First Republic”

    14.20: António Lopes (CETAPS, University of Algarve): “Always Intriguing for their own Personal Advantage”: Nathaniel Walter Barnardiston and the Portuguese Republicans”

    14.40: David Evans (CETAPS, NOVA FCSH): “If”: Kipling and Salazar”

    Q&A: 15.00-15.15

    15.15: Rogério Miguel Puga (CETAPS, NOVA FCSH): “Stereotyping Catholic Goans: Evelyn Waugh’s Travel Chronicle “Goa: The Home of a Saint” (1953)”

    15.35: Maria Zulmira Castanheira (CETAPS, NOVA FCSH): “Spellbinding Portugal: Two British Women’s Travel Voices (Mid-twentieth Century)”

    15.55-16.10: Coffee break

    16.10: Isabel Oliveira Martins (CETAPS, NOVA FCSH): “The Women at the Door: Depictions of Women in Recent Portuguese-American Fiction”

    16.30: Mariana Gonçalves (CETAPS, NOVA FCSH): “Translating the Portuguese Nobel into English: José Saramago’s The Elephant’s Journey (2008)”

    Q&A: 16.50-17.05

    17.05: Closing remarks

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