Dear Members,


For obvious reasons we are currently unable to organize any events. We plan to have our Annual Lunch at the Hotel Riviera in Carcavelos, with a guest speaker, as soon as it is safe to do so and this will surely be a very popular occasion and a chance to meet friends old and new after months of inactivity. Hopefully our much-postponed visit to Mertola, the São Domingos mine, and Beja will take place on the weekend of 3-5 September. Booking is not yet open.


We did manage to organize five walks on the theme of the Refugees in Monte Estoril in 1939-1945, most ably led by Inês Brandão of the Espaco Memória dos Exilios in Estoril. We plan to organize more such walks as soon as conditions permit. A report on these walks can be found under Events in this newsletter.


We also include under Articles, well-researched contributions from Andrew Shepherd on the Anglo-Portuguese Telephone Company and Curtis Stewart, on the agreements relating to the use of the airbases in the Azores in WWII.


BHSP Project: Daily life in the times of the Estado Novo


Many members will remember and may even have contributed to the book published in 2009, entitled “Eyewitness Accounts of the Portuguese Revolution (1974 – 1976)”. We are thinking of compiling a book of reminiscences of daily life in Portugal in the 1960s and up to 1974. Such reminiscences would cover leisure and sporting activities, work and business practices, family life, travel, holidays, etc. We shall be making a more formal appeal for members to submit their reminiscences when confinement has ended. We envisage that members may wish to write them down or perhaps chat with individual members of Council (who can be contacted via



Several members have yet to pay their subscriptions for 2021 and I should be grateful for payment as soon as possible.


In view of the fact that the Society was unable to offer members the normal range of activities such as visits and talks during 2020, your Council decided to reduce subscriptions payable in 2021 to one half of normal rates. Accordingly, subscription rates for 2021 will be:


Members resident in Portugal: single €15; couples €20

Members resident in United Kingdom and elsewhere: single £10; couples £15


Payment arrangements have been communicated previously to members. If you have any queries, please contact us at


Edward Godfrey, Chairman

NEWS see more News here

JANUARY 26, 2021

BHSP Library temporarily closed

Our library is closed until further notice

EVENTS see more Events here

JANUARY 10, 2021

Report on the guided walks on Refugees in Monte Estoril, 1939-1945

Walks guided by Inês Brandão of the Espaço Memória do Exílios

ARTICLES see more Articles here

The Agreements for the British and American use of Bases in The Azores in WWII and the role of Portuguese Timor

Author: Curtis Stewart



Year: 2021

Subject Matter: Military other than Peninsular War


The Anglo-Portuguese Telephone Company

Author: Andrew Shepherd



Year: 2021

Subject Matter: Merchants and Economic Relations


Did you know?

All members should by now be aware that articles that have appeared in our Annual Reports and Newsletters can be downloaded from the website. But did you know that there are three ways to do this, depending on your needs?


1. On the top right of the web site there is a space to insert the topic you would like to search. This will identify all of the articles that include the words you search in their titles. However, it will also search past events, our Library collection, and the Anglo Portuguese Relations timeline (, so you may have a long list of results. If you know the name of the author, you can also search that.


2. Alternatively, if you are just curious about the articles that the Society has published in years gone by, you can go click on “Library” at the top of the page and then on “Articles”. If you then click on “Search by title” you will see a complete list of articles published in annual reports and newsletters. You can scroll down the list to see what’s available. You can also just type one, or several, key words of the subject that interests you in the “Search for” field, which can be found directly underneath the “Search by title” field.


3. Finally, and this is a new development on the website, if you already have printed versions of past annual reports, and would like to have a scanned copy of one particular article, for example, to send to someone else, you can go to “Library” followed by “Publications”. You can then click on “Search by Subject Matter”. This will show you a list of all the annual reports. Click on the one you want and after one further click you will come to the Table of Contents, which will give you links to all the articles.


Good hunting!

The British in Portugal

Jill Rosemary Dias was born as Jill Rosemary Rainey in West Bromwich, England, in 1944. She obtained a PhD. in English Local History at Oxford University in 1973 and then married a Portuguese, Alberto Romão Dias. After their marriage the couple went to live in Angola. In Luanda, Dias developed an interest in 19th century Angolan society, and studied Angolan historical archives while the Angolan War of Independence was raging.


To become a naturalized Portuguese, Jill Dias found that authorities required her to change her middle name of Rosemary to Rosa Maria. Finding such bureaucracy amusing, she always continued to sign her name as "Rosemary". Dias joined the Department of Anthropology at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (FCSH) of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 1982, becoming a Full Professor in 1996. Her work there is said to have inspired contemporary research in Portuguese colonial and post-colonial anthropology and in the history of Lusophone Africa. She promoted the establishment of the Centro de Estudos Africanos e Asiáticos at the University and headed the Centre from 1986.


After her death in 2008, her family donated her documents, books and photographs to her University. She had collected around 5000 photographs and negatives but, unfortunately, had not catalogued these. They included 1331 postcards from Angola, Mozambique, Guinea, São Tomé and Príncipe and other African countries, dating back to the 1890s. The collection also included 1960 slides, and 1181 photographs dating back to the 1880s.


For more information, see this link to Wikipedia.




The above is the second of a new series about the contribution of the British to Portugal. If you have any suggestions about people who could be covered in future issues, please write to



Where is this throne of Dom Miguel currently on display?

The answer to the quiz can be found at the end of the Members' News section

50 Years Ago

For the last two years, our Chairman has been using this section of the Newsletter to summarise items from the Anglo-Portuguese News (APN) of 50 years ago.


Unfortunately, it is not possible to do that for this issue, as all of the copies of the APN, which are usually kept in the Society’s Library at St Julian’s School, have been delivered to a technology company, which is busy scanning every issue. The Chair of our Annual General Meetings, Filipe Lowndes Marques, the grandson of Luiz Marques and Susan Lowndes Marques who ran the APN for over 40 years, has arranged for this to be done. When the work has been completed, all issues will be made available on a web site and you will be able to easily find topics of interest and search for particular dates.


This will be a fantastic resource, and we are very grateful to Filipe Lowndes Marques for doing this. We are planning a Special Issue of this Newsletter to coincide with the launch of the APN website.

Members' News

Brian Bowyer 

14.06.1938 -17.12.2020


Longstanding members of the Society will remember Brian who had been a keen member of the British Historical Society of Portugal and served as treasurer for some years.  He was also an accomplished actor and a member of the Lisbon Players. Brian was for many years an active member of St George’s Church and member of the Church Council.


On Maundy Thursday 2011 he was a recipient of the Royal Maundy from the Queen at Westminster Abbey. Recipients are pensioners, chosen on an interdenominational basis from various Christian churches for their service to their churches and communities and Brian was, indeed, an example of service to his church and community. He was a loving partner and husband to Roland for many years. 


We offer our heartfelt condolences  to Roland and Brian’s families in their loss.



The 2019 Annual Report, published in hard copy last July, is now available online. Click here to see the table of contents with links to the articles. 



Answer to the Quiz: The throne can be found in the cafeteria of the Torre do Tombo Portuguese national archives in Lisbon.


We would be delighted to hear about items of news from members, however insignificant they may appear to be. Of special interest is news about books or articles that have been published by Members, or visits to historical sites or exhibitions of interest.


When sorting through your attics and/or cupboards, you might come across letters, diaries, articles, postcards or videos related to Anglo-Portugal relations that you think would be of interest to the BHSP and its Members. Please contact our Librarian to discuss the matter further on All objects handed over to the BHSP Library will be logged either for further reference by researchers, for recovery at a later date or to be listed as a permanent donation (with the relevant documents) to the BHSP.





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