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Annual Lunch 2024 with a film and talk on ‘Recollections of a British-owned mine in Portugal’

Date: Saturday, 13th January, 2024


Venue: The Hotel Riviera, Carcavelos.


Programme: after welcome refreshments, we will be privileged to hear a talk by Gonçalo Byrne on his experience of being brought up at the British-owned uranium mine at Urgeiriça, near the Serra de Estrela, where his father was the general manager. The talk will be followed by excerpts from a film where his mother features among the interviewees. The Companhia Portuguesa de Radium was founded in 1927 with British capital and sent radium to Madame Curie in France. Then the atomic bomb changed everything. The United States purchased 20 tons of uranium from Urgeiriça not long before the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on the 6th August, 1945. The mine ceased production in 1981 after the discovery of uranium in South Africa, Australia, and the south west of the United States and was subsequently the object of a major de-contamination exercise.


Lunch: after the talk a three-course buffet lunch will be served, with drinks and coffee.


Price: Price: €35.00 (€5 extra for non-Members)


Transport: Members and their guests should make their own way to the hotel, where free parking is available nearby, with the option of paid parking in the shopping centre behind it.


Booking: please send an e-mail to before midnight on Sunday 7th January, stating the number of members and guests and any dietary requests. You will then receive payment instructions by e-mail. We look forward to seeing you.