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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 soirées, 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.


    • 1 Oct 2019
    • 18:30 - 20:30
    • Portuguese Embassy

    Three Sintra Gardens:
    Monserrate, Regaleira and Queluz
    by Gerald Luckhurst

    Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

    By Kind Permission of His Excellency Manuel Lobo Antunes,
    The Portuguese Ambassador the talk and reception will be held at:

    The Residence of The Portuguese Ambassador
    12 Belgrave Square, London, 
    SW1X 8PN

    Gerald Luckhurst has been creating and restoring gardens for the past thirty-five years. A landscape architect with an international portfolio, he is best known for his work on three award-winning projects in Sintra, Portugal: Monserrate, Regaleira and Queluz.

    Since 1985, when Luckhurst first discovered the "Sleeping Beauty" that Monserrate had become, he  has made it his life's work to revitalise these gardens. This spectacular recovery was recognized by the European Garden Award as the Best Development of a Historic Park or Garden in 2013. More recently Gerald Luckhurst has published a history of Monserrate (in press 2019) based upon his doctoral thesis completed at the University of Bristol in 2014.

    Luigi Manini was a well-known scenographer and architect who designed both the Bussaco Palace Hotel and Carvalho Monteiro's Sintra home, the Quinta da Regaleira. His work was however shrouded in mystery and largely misunderstood until the discovery of his personal archives by Gerald Luckhurst in 2001, which led to two major exhibitions in Portugal and Italy and a series of books and research projects. The gardens of Regaleira, never completed in Manini's time, have been richly planted to complement this bizarre architectural folly.

    Co-Author and photographer of The Gardens of the National Palace of Queluz (2011) these gardens have long held a fascination for the speaker. Painstaking researches in the National Archives (Torre do Tombo) have produced results: not only as academic studies, but also in practical conservation work such as the restoration of the original colour scheme to the palace façades and the reimplementation of eighteenth-century garden plans. The Linnean layout for the reconstructed Royal Botanical Garden at Queluz was awarded the 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage, Europa Nostra.


    As you know previous events have been oversubscribed and preference will be given to APS members during the ticket allocation process. Ticket prices include drinks following the talk.

    £15 Student (under 25)

    £25 APS members

    £45 APS joint members

    £35 Non-APS members

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Past events

9 Jun 2019 Portugal Day Mass
14 Mar 2019 Book Launch “A Inglesa e o Marialva” Clara Macedo Cabral
29 Jan 2019 The David Mynett Memorial Lecture & Student Award Ceremony
12 Dec 2018 Joint Societies Christmas Party
22 Nov 2018 The Anglo-Portuguese Society's 80th Anniversary Concert
11 Oct 2018 Lecture: Catherine of Braganza - in partnership with the Royal Hospital Chelsea
25 Sep 2018 The APS Unlocked
19 Jun 2018 Annual General Meeting
13 Jun 2018 "Carpe Diem" An Exhibition of paintings and ceramics by Georgie Donnelly
3 Jun 2018 Solemn mass to celebrate the beginning of festivities to mark Portuguese National Day on 10th June
29 May 2018 Cristiano & Leo: The Race to become the Greatest Football Player of all time By author and journalist Jimmy Burns
22 May 2018 Trams of Portugal - A personal view over 25 years, by Richard Wallace MA FCILT
17 Apr 2018 "1974 and All That" by Martin Symington
28 Feb 2018 'Catherine of Braganza - The courage of a Portuguese Infanta who became Queen of England' by Isabel Stilwell
2 Nov 2017 Anglophone Travel Writing on Portugal: Anglo-Portuguese Literary Dialogues
25 Oct 2017 The 2017 David Mynett Lecture: Clive Gilbert MBE "The Lines of Torres Vedras Today"
3 Oct 2017 "Cyber Governance and Diplomacy" - Joint Conference of The Anglo-Portuguese Society and The John Adams Society
28 Sep 2017 Miguel Araújo - a Portuguese National Treasure
5 Sep 2017 Professor Tom Earle - "Doubt and Belief: Portuguese Jesuits in Sixteenth-Century Japan"
4 Jul 2017 Summer Garden Party & Concert
29 Jun 2017 Post AGM Reception with The Portuguese Chamber of Commerce
29 Jun 2017 Annual General Meeting of The Anglo-Portuguese Society
29 Mar 2017 Paula Rego A Private View - with The Times Art Critic, Rachel Campbell-Johnston

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