The British Historical Society of Portugal is a Society with about 250 members and has as its object to recover, preserve and collate as much as possible of the history of the British in Portugal, and to promote interest in the History of Anglo-Portuguese relations.

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BHSP Branches

The British Historical Society currently has two branches in Portugal. Events organised by any of the centres are open to ALL members of the Society. Visit each of the links below for specific information like News and Even

Battlefield Tours

Details of visits to Peninsular War Battlefields, tailored to meet specific interests, can be found under TOURS in the main menu.

Events in Anglo-Portuguese Relations


English Crusaders who had gathered and embarked in Dartmouth on their way to what historians later called the 2nd Crusade, were persuaded by the Bishop of Oporto to help the young Portuguese King D. Afonso Henriques in the conquest of Lisbon. The only extensive account of the siege and conquest of Lisbon from the Moors is a letter by (or to) an English priest Osbern.


D. Miguel, the Absolutist king from 1828 to 1834, brother of D. Pedro (“The War of the Two Brothers”) after his exile first in Rome, then lived in England for five years in London and Bexhill in Sussex. He visited the Great Exhibition in 1851. D. Miguel went to Bavaria in this same year and married. He briefly returned to London in 1862.