What We Do
The mission of the Society was laid down:
To foster the historic relationship between Britain and Portugal by developing the knowledge of people in Britain about Portugal, its people and culture.
And its activities:
The establishment and support in London of a Library of Portuguese and British books, newspapers and periodicals and Language classes.
Exhibitions, demonstrations and illustrations of the intellectual, artistic and economic life of Portugal.
Lectures, conferences and events.
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. The Society commemorates this event with its Annual New Year and New Members Party held on the last Thursday in January. 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 Society has approximately 300 members.
The Anglo-Portuguese Society offers its Members a varied events programme which includes: a New Year and New Members Party each January; three illustrated talks, one in February, March and April respectively; the Annual Treaty of Windsor Dinner in May; 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 and Canning House.
Current Objectives of the Society Per Rules of The Society (2016)
The education of the people of the United Kingdom about Portugal, its people and its culture;
The relief from suffering of the people of Portugal and the United Kingdom. In pursuance thereof but only to that extent the Society shall, with the participation of those Portuguese resident in the United Kingdom:
work towards the continuation and furtherance of the cordial relations which have so long existed between the United Kingdom and Portugal;
promote cultural and social relations between the peoples of both countries;
hold lectures, conferences, exhibitions and other functions and activities demonstrating, celebrating and supporting the intellectual, artistic, social, historical, and economic life of Portugal;
donate funds to hospitals and to other charitable institutions in either country having objectives similar to objective 2 above.
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