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


The aesthete and much quoted William Beckford first comes out to Portugal. Subsquently he lived in Portugal form 1793 to 1796 and from 1798-1799. He wrote “Recollections of an Excursion to the Monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha” in 1835 and "Sketches of Spain and Portugal” in 1834.


Napoleon on his way to St. Helena abroad H.M.S. Northumberland anchored at Funchal, Madeira. He was not allowed to land. The British Counsul, Henry Veitch, however controversially went on board and presented him with fresh fruit and Madeira Wine.