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 three 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 Events:

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


A group of English merchants engaged in trade with Spain and Portugal are given a charter and were allowed a consul.


First bishop of Lisbon is Gilbert of Hastings and the basilica of Mártires in the Chiado area of Lisbon is dedicated to the English Crusaders who fell in the siege. The English Sarum rite for the liturgy of the Mass was introduced which continued until 1536. Gilbert of Hastings died in 1166. He was buried in the Cathedral but his tomb is now lost.