Welcome

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.

More information can be found on the about page.

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

1888

Founding of the “The Lisbon Athenaeum” forerunner of the Royal British Club. First chairman was Canon Pope. It was situated at 6, Rua das Gaivotas near Conde Barão. It then moved to Palácio da Rocha do Conde de Óbidos in 1903 (now the Cruz Vermelha) where it was formally visited by king Edward VII during that same year when it was styled Royal British Club.

1896

Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) one of Portugal’s greatest poets accompanies his family to Durban in South Africa where he learns good English. He publishes several books of poetry in this language, kept a diary in English and often did the Times’ crossword puzzle. His last written words were in English: “I know not what tomorrow will bring”.