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Rich collection of original research documents

The Library holds a rich collection of a wide variety of original research documents, ranging from hand – written letters from the private secretary of King D. Manuel II, to old photographs and documents related to long-standing English families in Portugal. These are currently all being catalogued for the archive. Please contact the Hon. Librarian for more information at library@bhsportugal.org.

 

The folllowing links have been chosen as examples of subjects that could be of interest to Members:

  • Eça de Queirós: The 19th century Portuguese novelist wrote "Cartas de Inglaterra" ("Letters from England") when he worked for the Portuguese consular service at Newcastle upon Tyne from 1874 to 1879 and at Bristol in 1888. It was during this period that he published his best-known novels, O Primo Basílio ("Cousin Bazilio") and Os Maias ("The Maias").
  • Oporto: The “Forest of Family Trees” genealogy of British families dating back to the 12th Century, researched by Richard Symington, which contains the date of births, marriages, and deaths of British subjects who lived in, or visited Oporto, as well as those of other foreign nationals. A small fee is charged for online access, where one can navigate the database to find a person by using the “Find” facility first and then click on the “Find next” button. An idea of the vastness of the Forest can be obtained by going to the “View tab”, click on “Zoom” and then “Enter”, using, as an example, 10%.
  • Lajes Air Base, the Azores: Excerpt from a RTP Açores documentary about the RAF's presence on the Island of Terceira and the construction of Lajes Air Base. Combined British forces arrived on the island in October 1943 to construct the Lajes Base, which was essential for air cover for the Atlantic convoys against German submarine attacks, which, at their peak, were sinking up to 20% of Atlantic shipping. The Lages Base was later used by the Americans and still hosts a US base to this day.

 

 

 

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