Full details of this event in London are attached.
The Friends intend to visit the Lines of Torres Vedras in October 2020. During the visit, we will visit a number of locations on the Lines as well as take part in the official Lines of Torres Vedras Day celebrations at Torres Vedras. We are also considering a visit to the local battlefields of Roliça and Vimeiro.
The probable dates are 15-20 October 2020. The weather was very good in 2018, but we are giving no guarantees.
Further detail will be published here. Members of the Friends will get priority bookings. If there are spare places they will be open to anyone.
The Friends plan to arrange a walk in London to visit places that have some relevance to the life of the Duke of Wellington. Places being considered are: Battersea Park where he fought a duel with the Earl of Winchelsea; House of Lords; Downing street (outside); Horse Guards, The Atheneum club; Hoby the bookmaker. Watch here for further details
On Friday 18 October the Lines of Torres Vedras Day dinner was held at the Cavalry & Guards Club, London. Prior to the dinner, there was a very short AGM for the Friends, followed by a fascinating talk by Marcus de la Poer Beresford on the Portuguese contribution to the Peninsular war. Beresford was being closely watched by the Duke. Nothing new there then! Dinner followed to celebrate, Lines of Torres Vedras day. We welcomed Ana Umbelino from the Municipality of Torres Vedras as our guest for the evening.
In honour of the fact that the Portuguese government has designated the 20th October as the Day of the Lines of Torres Vedras, a talk and dinner has been arranged on Friday 18 October 2019, at the Cavalry and Guards Club at 127 Piccadilly, W1J 7PX London.
The evening will commence with a very brief Annual General Meeting after which there will be the talk by Marcus de la Poer Beresford, on The Portuguese Contribution to the Peninsular War. The talk will be followed by dinner. It is possible to attend the talk only or the talk and dinner. Full details on the attached flyer
The British Commission for Military History (BCMH) has arranged a two day conference in London.
In the wake of the bicentenary commemorations of the Napoleonic Wars, the British Commission for Military History (BCMH) is proud to host a conference on this momentous era, presenting fresh research both on the conflict itself and its manifold repercussions for Britain, Europe and the wider world.
The keynote speakers are Dr Catriona Kennedy (University of York) and Dr Edward Coss (U.S. Army Command and General Staff College).
There will be over forty speakers with three keynotes from three (or four) continents.
Please note that the event is open to anyone - all are welcome from those who are professionally involved right through to anyone who just wishes to come along, listen and join in.
The full programme may be found at: LINK
Bookings through Eventbrite at: LINK
Waterloo Association Study Day , Royal Armouries, Leeds, 14 September 2019.
Mark S Thompson will be speaking on the Lines of Torres Vedras at this public event. Details at:
I am starting updating many of the web pages giving details of each fort. For forts that are still in existence, I will be adding a link to Google Maps, so that you can look at the surrounding area. I will be updating all GPS co-ordinates to digital format (decimal rather than minutes and seconds.). Finally, I will be adding a link to the Monumentos.pt website, where a few forts are listed.
Bookings are now open for this event. Visits to the Duke of Wellington's Home are by appointment only and takes years to arrange. Take this rare opportunity to make a visit with the Friends.
Full booking details attached.