Anglo-Iberian Relations, c.1500-1850: Mértola, Portugal, 9-11 April 2015

Earlier this month, the conference entitled, Anglo-Iberian Relations, c.1500-1850 (#AIR2015) took place in Mértola, Portugal. It is planned that #AIR2017 will extend the chronological range of this conference so that we can invite speakers working on Anglo-Iberian relations ‘from the medieval to the modern’.

This year’s conference on Anglo-Iberian Relations and its associated activities were initially planned by me (Elizabeth Evenden) and then co-organised with Valentina Caldari, a PhD candidate at the University of Kent and O Universidade do Porto (see previous blog posts), with assistance from Fábia Fernandes (Travessa da Ermida, Lisboa). (Our hearty thanks go to Rosinda Pimenta at Merturis in Mértola, for all her organisational skills and help in situ.) It was our intention from the very beginning to create an interdisciplinary programme. Presentations at the conference this year included the work of historians, literary scholars, archaeologists, and those working in the heritage industry and local government. The conference proved to be an inspiring, informative event, presenting excellent networking opportunities for all. We are very pleased to have received so much positive feedback from all who attended this year.

A copy of the programme is available here:


As you can see, we had a broad range of topics and skill-sets being presented throughout.

A gallery of images from the conference is available here:


We also got to witness the great research and artistic talents on show at the local school in Mértola. Students who took part in our Community Outreach event (see previous blog) came to an Awards Ceremony held in the town’s theatre, on the first day of the conference. The winners and runners-up each received a certificate acknowledging their achievement, and prizes were donated by our sponsors at Porto Editoria and LEGO® Education.

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Above: images from the Award Ceremony

To accompany this initiative, an exhibition was also launched in the town, detailing a brief history of Anglo-Iberian Relations and showcasing the work undertaken by the students.

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Above: two panels from the exhibition

The exhibition will remain open to the public throughout Spring and Summer 2015.

An Information Session was also held for anyone interested in joining a forthcoming Network on Anglo-Iberian Relations: from the Medieval to the Modern. If you have any questions about this forthcoming network, or if you are interesting in joining this venture, please email: elizabeth.evenden@brunel.ac.uk for more information.