WHO WE ARE
On the 19th May 1938 a prominent group of businessmen, with interests in Portugal and Portuguese Africa, hosted a dinner in honour for the recently appointed Portuguese Ambassador, Dr. Armindo Monteiro, at the Dorchester Hotel. This dinner was attended by over 300 people, and it was agreed that something more tangible should be established to reflect the unique relationship in between Britain and Portugal. Thus, on 20th July 1938, with the help of a generous grant from the Government of Portugal, the Anglo-Portuguese Society was formally constituted as a charitable body at the Casa de Portugal in Lower Regent Street, London. Dr Armindo Monteiro agreed to be its first President, and since then every Portuguese Ambassador to London has been invited to be the President of the Society.
WHAT WE DO
The mission of the Society was laid down:
It does so through various activities – chiefly lectures, conferences and events, but also exhibitions, demonstrations and illustrations of the intellectual, artistic and economic life of Portugal. The first lecture took place on 26th January 1939 with the renowned historian and Portuguese Scholar, Professor Edgar Prestage, marking the beginning of a diverse programme of events as well as the Library at Casa de Portugal. World War II limited the Society’s activities to a luncheon at Vintners Hall in July 1940, and it was not until 25th November 1946 that the Society held its first Annual Dinner, attended by the British Prime Minister.
Over the years social engagements have included dinners, lunches and receptions, as well as illustrated talks covering a huge range of subjects connected with Portugal. In June 1986 The Treaty of Windsor Ball was held at Osterley Park to celebrate the 600th anniversary of this alliance. The guests of honour were TRH The Prince and Princess of Wales.
The Anglo-Portuguese Society offers its Members a varied events programme which includes: three illustrated talks, in February, March and April; the Annual General Meeting followed by a Reception in June; a visit to a place of interest in September; a wine tasting in October; and the David Mynett Memorial Lecture together with the Ann Waterfall Award Presentation in November.
The Society maintains close links with the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce. We also support LUSO, the Portuguese Association Of Researchers & Students based in Manchester.
To apply for membership please see our Membership section.