Education Resources: British Council

In partnership with the British Council, didactic resources in English about the Anglo Portuguese Alliance have been created, which have been translated into Portuguese. 

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. It is present in six continents and in more than 100 countries. Find more about the British Council here

You can send us photos and videos of your sessions to In the email, please inform if they can be shared on social media.

Coordinator: Richard Fleming, Head of Education and Culture, British Council 

Pre-school Worksheets in English

Pre-school Powerpoint in English 

Pre-school Worksheets in Portuguese

Pre-School Powerpoint in Portuguese

Primary Worksheets in English

Primary Worksheets in Portuguese

Secondary Worksheets in English

Secondary Worksheets in Portuguese

Education Resources: Jubilee Centre

In partnership with the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtue of the University of Birmingham, didactic resources about the values of the Alliance’s foundational treaty were developed, particularly about friendship in English and Portuguese. Download the teaching materials below. You can and send us photos (and videos) of your sessions to Please inform in the email if we can share them on social media.

Team: Paul Watts; Michael Fullard, FHEA; Eugenio Lopes (translation)

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues is considered by many to be the world-leading research centre in the field of character and virtue education. You can find more about their work and teaching materials developed  by the center here.

KS2 English Lesson, doc A

KS2 English Lesson, doc B

KS2 Lesson Portuguese, doc A

KS2 Lesson Portuguese, doc B

KS3 Lesson English, doc A

KS3 Lesson English, doc B

KS3 Lesson Portuguese. doc A

KS3 Lesson Portuguese, doc B

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Please find the detailed program here.

“650th anniversary of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance: Taking Stock of Past and Envisioning the Future”, 6-9 Julho de 2022, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.

The legal foundations of the Anglo-Portuguese alliance are found in two treaties dating from the fourteenth century: the Treaty of Tagilde (10 July 1372) and the Treaty of London (16 June 1373).

The Treaty of Tagilde, signed at the Church of São Salvador of Tagilde (Vizela municipality, Braga district), by D. Ferdinand I of Portugal and the representatives of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and son of Edward III of England, is considered the preamble of the alliance that remains in force to this day. During more than six centuries of existence, the Anglo-Portuguese alliance has survived the most challenging of historical contingencies, including two world wars, the rise and fall of empires, revolution and decolonisation, the multilateralization of international relations, European integration and the end of the Cold War.

Today, in a context shaped by Brexit, the Interdisciplinary Conference “The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance: Taking Stock of the Past and Envisioning the Future”, which will take place at the University of Minho (Braga, Portugal) from 6 to 9 July 2022, marks the 650th anniversary of the Treaty of Tagilde with a creative space for dialogue and exchange of knowledge among researchers from different areas of knowledge. The conference aims to bring about a deeper understanding of the Anglo-Portuguese alliance, its past and present, and reflect on possible future reverberations.

The event is organised by the Research Centre for Justice and Governance and the School of Law of the University of Minho, in association with Portugal-UK 650.

Partner Institutions

University of Oxford; University of Coimbra, Centre for the History of Society and Culture; University of Évora/University of Minho, Research Centre in Political Science; Católica University – Lisbon, Institute for Political Studies; Iuris, University of Lisbon. 

Scientific Coordination

Alexandra M. Rodrigues Araújo (JusGov/University of Minho), João Sérgio Ribeiro (JusGov/University of Minho), Mário Ferreira Monte (JusGov/University of Minho)

Organizing Committee

Alexandra M. Rodrigues Araújo (JusGov/University of Minho), Marco Gonçalves (JusGov/ University of Minho)

Scientific Committee

Anabela Gonçalves (JusGov/University of Minho), Andreia Barbosa (University of Minho), Carlos Abreu Amorim (JusGov/University of Minho), Cristina Dias (JusGov/University of Minho), Hugo Flores (JusGov/University of Minho), Joana Aguiar e Silva (JusGov/University of Minho), João Carlos Espada (IEP, Católica University – Lisbon), Joaquim Freitas da Rocha (JusGov/University of Minho), José Pedro Paiva (CHSC, University of Coimbra), Liam Gearon (University of Oxford), Marco Gonçalves (JusGov/University of Minho), Margarida Seixas (University of Lisbon), Maria de Assunção Vale Pereira (JusGov/University of Minho), Maria João Rodrigues de Araújo (University of Oxford), Maria José Azevedo Santos (CHSC, University of Coimbra), Maria Miguel Carvalho (JusGov/University of Minho), Miriam Afonso Brigas (Universit of Lisbon), Owen Rees (University of Oxford), Pedro Madeira Froufe (JusGov/University of Minho), Silvério Rocha e Cunha (CICP/University of Évora), Teresa Pinto Coelho (Nova University Lisbon), Thomas F. Earle (University of Oxford). 



CONFERENCE, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, The Queen’s College, Schulman Auditorium, 21 May 2022, 9h00-17h00 followed by concert.

This Conference “Music Creativity and Culture in England 1642-88″ was organized in partnership with the Faculty of Music of the University of Oxford, The Queen’s College Oxford and the Church Music Society.

Convenor: Samuel Teague

The Conference is followed by a Concert at the Queen’s College Chapel by The Choir of The Queen’s College with the Instruments of Time & Truth, directed by Owen Rees.


ATLANTIC CONFERENCE, “Celebrating 650 years of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, MADEIRA ISLAND, Câmara de Lobos, 27 and 28 January 2023

Programme in pdf  here. This event has the High Patronage of the President of the Government of Madeira. It is organised in partnership with IEP-UCP, Government of Madeira and City Council of Camara de Lobos.



Details of the programme here.


Reboot International Conference, 18 October 2023, London

In partnerhip with Joan Vasconcelos Foundation.

Seminars and Webinars


 7 December 2021, 17h00 

Títle: Making an Alliance Last in an Age of Conflicts: Obligations and Deterrence in the Medieval Anglo-Portuguese Treaties.

Speaker: Jenny Benham FRHistS FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Medieval History, University of Cardiff, School of History, Archaeology & Religion.

Comentator: Russell Sandberg

 Professor of Law, University of Cardiff,  School of Law and Politics

Organization: Portugal-UK 650 and University of Minho, JusGov, School of Law

This webinar is part of a series curated by Alexandra M. Rodrigues Araújo and Joao Sérgio Ribeiro


Webinar 27 January 2022, 15h00

Title: “The Mobility between Portugal and United Kingdom: What role for the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance?”

Speakers: Allan F Tatham, Professor of Law, University of San Pablo CEU, Faculty of Law and Patricia Jeronimo, Professor of Law, University of Minho, Faculty of Law

Organization: Portugal-UK 650 and University of Minho, JusGov, School of Law.

Scientific Coordination: Alexandra M. Rodrigues Araújo e Sérgio Ribeiro.22 April 2022, 15h00-16h00


Webinar 21 April 2022, 15h00

“Do Rossio à City: Diáspora Sefardita e Relações Luso-Britânicas na primeira metade do século XVIII”

Speaker: Carla Vieira, CHAM researcher, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Nova University of Lisbon and the Alberto Benveniste Chair of Sephardic Studies, Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon.

Comments by: Alexandra M. Rodrigues Araújo, JusGov, University of  Minho, School of Law.

This webinar is part of a cycle of seminars about the Anglo-Portuguese relations. The speakers are researchers of the project “The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance: Taking stock of the past and envisioning the future”, as well as other special guests.


Seminar 27 June 2022 19h00

“Celebrating 650 years of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance”

Speaker: Maria Joao Rodrigues Araujo, president of Portugal-UK 650 and University of Oxford

Host: HE Ross Matthews, Deputy British Ambassador and Manuel Braga da Cruz (former Rector of University Catolica)

Chair: HRH Duke of Braganza

Estoril Political Forum, UCP – IEP.


Seminar 27 January 2022, 18h00.

“650th anniversary of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance”

Speaker: Maria Joao Rodrigues de Araujo, president of Portugal-UK 650 and University of Oxford

Camara de Lobos, Madeira Island


Webina 6 March 2023, 16h45

“PT-UK 650” education (pre-school and primary). In partnership with Ministry of Education Portugal and British Council

Speaker: Richard Fleming, Director of Edication and Culture British Council and  other British Council teachers


Webinar, 9 March 2023, 18h45

PT-UK 650″ education (KS2 and KS3), in partnership with Ministry of Education Portugal and British Council

Speaker: Richard Fleming, Director of Education and Culture at British Council and other British Council teachers.


Workshop on PT-UK650 education materials, Conference of the APPI, Lisbon, 13 May 2023.

Workshop for schools teachers about the education materials created in partnership with the British Coucinl, that can be downloaded in the activties section of our website. The workshop led by the British Council will be part of the APPI (Portuguese Association of teachers of English) Conference.


Seminar by the National Archives, Iuris, University of Lisbon, 17 May 2023.


Celebrating the 650th Anniversary of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, Dinner at Hotel Palacio de Estoril, 27 Junho 20h15
in association with IEP-UCP; British Historical Society of Portugal, International Churchill Society of Portugal, International Churchill Society of Brasil, Oxford Society of Portugal, Royal British Club, Sociedade Histórica da Independência de Portugal and The Cambridge Club of Portugal. Part of the Estoril Political Forum.

With the Presence of HRH Dom Duarte, Duke of Braganza

Host: HE Miguel Albuquerque (President of the Regional Government of Madeira).

Chairs: Maria João Araújo (University of Oxford; President of the Coordination Committee, Portugal-UK 650); José Ribeiro e Castro (President, Sociedade Histórica da Independência de Portugal); James W. Muller (Chairman, International Churchill Society Academic Advisers; University of Alaska, Anchorage).

Speaker: HE Christopher Sainty (Ambassador of the UK in Lisbon).

Closing Remarks: Edward Godfrey (Chairman, British Historical Society of Portugal).

Joana Vasconcelos


There are two activities/projects with the artist Joana Vasconcelos with the Portugal-UK 650 celebrations

  1. Reboot International Conference:in partnership with Joana de Vasconcelos Foundation will take place the Reboot Conference in London, on 18 October 2023, bringing together personalities from the world of art from both countries. Reboot Coordinator: D. André Quiroga
  2. The exhibition “Wedding Cake” in Waddesdon Manor in partnership with the Rothschild Foundation and Joana Vasconcelos Atelier. The exhibition was inaugurated on the 15th June 2023 with the presence of the President of Portugal and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal. Portugal-Uk 650 was in charge of the music performance at the inauguration ceremony. The Choir of The Queen’s College Oxford directed by Owen Rees performed music related to the exhbition from the top of the Wedding Cake. The exhibition can be visited from 18 June until 30 November 2023.

Joana Vasconcelos is a Portuguese visual artist renowned for her monumental sculptures, whose 25 years practise stretches to drawing and film. The youngest artist and the only woman ever at Palace of Versailles, to a record breaking 1.6 million visitors, her 2012 exhibition was the most visited in France in 50 years. In 2018, Vasconcelos became the first Portuguese to exhibit at Guggenheim Bilbao with a major retrospective, which was one of the most visited in the museum’s history and reached 4th place in The Art Newspaper’s annual exhibitions’ Top 10. The Wedding Cake for Lord Jacob Rothschild’s Waddesdon Manor is her most ambitious project to date is 


English National Ballet Celebration Dance



Celebration Dance is part of the project “Dance in Perpetuity”, but can be done in any occasion. We invite everyone to learn the coreography and celebrate the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance with dance!

Dance in Perpetuity,  a collaboration between English National Ballet and Portugal-UK 650 with the support from Braga City Council, is one of several exciting cultural projects created to celebrate the 650th anniversary of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance. It aims to encourage inter-cultural dialogue, develop participants’ skills, confidence, creativity and cooperation, and promote friendship and collaboration across cultures. Enjoy a dance work performed by young people in Braga, and take your place in the spotlight in a final moment of celebration as members of the audience are encouraged to join in the festivities – and in the steps!

Young people from six dance schools in Braga have been hard at work in rehearsal with an international creative team brought together by English National Ballet. This will culminate in a celebratory performance, in which members of the audience are encouraged to take part! The celebration theme is for everyone to learn something new, come together and have fun, and is inspired by the Treaty of Alliance theme of perpetual peace and friendship.

The six dance schools taking part in the project are:
Academia Braga Dança
Arte Total
Ent´artes – Escola de Dança
Escola de Ballet do Colégio Dom Diogo de Sousa
Backstage Escola de Dança e Artes Performativas
Bracara Team

The dancers from the six schools will come together to perform the complete work Dance in Perpetuity in the communal square. We hope you can come and see them dance, and would love for as many audience members as possible to take part in the finale. No previous dance experience needed!

Put on your dancing shoes for the performance finale: everyone is welcome!

English National Ballet hopes to inspire as many people as possible to take part in the Dance in Perpetuity finale. Come together and embrace the art of dance as a chance to learn something new and engage in a celebratory experience.

We have created free resources: films, a music track and a guide for you to learn a few steps and get involved in the finale, whatever your age, dance experience, and ability.

Video 1: An Introduction

Video 2: Celebration Dance (Standing version)

Video 3: Celebration Dance (seated version)



Creative Team:
Choreographer: Ruth Brill
Composer: Charlotte Harding
Costume Designer: András Jacobs
Filmmaker: Pete Snell, Shiny Studio

Project leads from six dance schools, Braga
Isabel Maia
Carolina Vieira
Diana Sá Carneiro
Joana Raquel Antunes
Rosália Passinhas
Cristiane Barbosa

English National Ballet:
Project Lead and Director of Engagement: Fleur Derbyshire-Fox
Artistic Advisor and Head of Creative Programmes: Laura Harvey

Founded in 1950, English National Ballet (ENB) is a pioneering ballet company that takes world class ballet to the widest possible audience. We are committed to developing the artform whilst celebrating the classics and tour nationally and internationally to prestigious venues worldwide. Our significant and influential contribution to Britain’s cultural sector is demonstrated by strong and diverse audiences, the outstanding talent we attract and retain and regular recognition by key
industry awards – recently winning the 2020 National Dance Award for ‘Best Company Response to the Pandemic’. ENB is recognised as a UK leader for creative learning and community outreach, promoting wider and deeper engagement with the Company and the art form through its three overarching strands: Creative Learning, Developing Talent and Public Engagement. ENB’s Engagement work promotes diversity and inclusivity across all projects and programmes; connects communities from a wide demographic – breaking down barriers to involvement and delivering positive health impacts
physically, socially, and mentally. Placing ENB’s repertory at the heart of Engagement, ENB delivers world-class programmes, develops talent, is at the forefront of ground-breaking research collaborations and forges inspirational partnerships nationally and internationally.

To find out more, visit English National Ballet’s website at


BBC Proms: Mariza


The BBC Proms 2023 join the celebrations of the 650th anniversary of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance with a Fado Concert by Mariza, at the Royal Albert Hall, on 21th July 2023, 19h30. Mariza will be accompanied the London Contemporary Orchestra and her band: Luis Guerreiro (Portuguese Guitar); Phelipe Ferreira (guitar); Joao Frade (accordion); Adriano Alves ‘Dinga’ (bass guitar); Joao Freitas (percussion).

The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. It is the first time there is a Fado concert at the BBC Proms.



The Short Poem Competition is an activity organized by the Municipality of Vizela, in partnership with Portugal-UK 650. 

Collective or individual projects may be presented to the Short  Poems Competition. The competing poems must be presented in Portuguese and must not exceed 140 characters, under penalty of exclusion. The theme is “Alliances“.

The poems will be divided into three categories

Children – up to 12 years old;

Young Adults – from 12 to 18 years old;

Adult – over 18 years old.

Interested parties wishing to participate in the Short Poem Competition may post their poems on the Short Poetry Competition Facebook page at or send them via email to until the 2nd of May 2022, indicating the name and category in which they are competing.

The following prizes will be awarded: 

In the Children’s category books will be offered to the three best entries. 

In the Young Adults category the three best entries will receive the following prizes:

  1. shopping voucher worth € 60.00
  2. shopping voucher worth € 40.00
  3. shopping voucher worth € 20.00

In the Adult category the three best entries will receive the following prizes

  1. shopping voucher worth € 100.00
  2. shopping voucher worth € 50.00
  3. shopping voucher worth € 25.00

The selected poems will be published in a book on a date to be determined.

Participants must give permission for  the use of their texts. 

See the Rules of the Competition here and download the Parental Consent if required.



DRAWING COMPETITION (Applications until 2 May 2022)

Drawing Competition “Anglo-Portuguese Alliance: 650 years of the Treaty of Tagilde”, with a focus on the material and immaterial patrimony of the municipality of Vizela. The main objective is to promote the local heritage, with emphasis on the Tagilde Treaty, valuing the plastic expression and creative capacity of the students of the municipality’s schools.

The initiative is organized By the Municipality of Vizela in partnership with Portugal-UK 650 and directed to the students of the schools of Vizela, of the 1ºCEB (1st Cycle), 2º and 3º cycles and to the Secondary Education, in an individual way.The works must be delivered, personally or by mail, in the Municipal Library of Vizela, until May 2nd 2022.


SHORT FILM COMPETITION (applications until 31 May 2022)

The ‘Short Film Competition: Vizela secrets of a valley. Special Edition: The Alliance’ is an activity organised by the youth department of Vizela City Council in partnership with Portugal-UK 650, which aims to promote and exhibit audiovisual projects, in short film format. The final multimedia contents will have the concept of “Alliance” and the council of Vizela as their main theme.

The competition is open to anyone aged between 14 and 35,  regardless of their nationality or country of residence.

The deadline for applications is 31 may 2022.

The three best short films will be awarded with the following prizes:

     1st Prize: 500,00 euros

     2nd Prize: 300,00 euros

     3rd Prize: 150,00 Euro

Read the Competitiong Rules and download the Parental Consent if required.



Exhibition “The Wedding Cake”, by Joana de Vasconcelos at Waddesdon Manor, Rothschild Foundation, Buckinghamshire. Public visits from  18 June until 26 October

The Wedding Cake, expressing celebration and joy is a 12-metre-tall ceramic sculptural pavilion in the form of a three-tiered cake.

45 m Public tour on Thursdays and select Sundays: Step inside this astonishing work of art on a 45-minute guided tour and enjoy a unique, richly sensory experience. After the tour, you’ll have the chance to explore the collection of contemporary sculpture in the Water Garden at the Dairy including Lafite, Vasconcelos’ magnificent sculpture in the form of two giant candlesticks made of wine bottles.

The inauguration took place on the 15th of June 2023 with the presence of th President of the Republic of Portugal and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal.

Tickets can be bought from Waddesdon Manor website.

Exhibition “Porto and United Kingdom: 650 years of Shared History 1373-2023”, MMIPO, Museum and Church of Misericordia of Porto, from 15 July to 30 November 2023

In partnership with the MMIPO a transversal exhbition covering trade, military, scientific and cultural relations, including the role of architect John Carr (1723-1807), as well as State Visits to Porto.

Curator: José Ferreira e Silva

Exhibition “Portugal-UK 650 Queen Catherine of Braganza, Memories of an Alliance”: 1-15 July 2022 at Biblioteca Lucio Craveiro da Silva, Braga.

This displays includes works done by schools and paediatric hospitals within the project “Sailors of Hope” in partnership with the Armed Forces of Portugal, Navy, National Heath Service of Portugal and Ministry of the Sea.



Exhibition “Our Future Planet” from the Science Museum of London, in partnership with the British Embassy in Lisbon. 9 and 10 July at Praça da Republica, Braga.  12 July to 31 August 2022 at the Museum of the Cathedral of Braga.

Exhibition PT-UK 650 with works created by students of the AESAS schools. the exhibition is on display from 1 June to 31 October 2022 at the EB 2/3 of Nogueira.

Coordinators: Sonia Cunha Rodrigues e Maria Jose Ferreira.


Exhibition ” The Anglo-Portuguese through the Art of Children”, Alfandega of Porto, Museum of Transports and Communications, 8 february to 16 April.

Exhbition with works created by children and young people in paediatric hospitals, schools and special needs centres. The exhibition included works created in the project “Sailor’s of Hope” in partnership with the National Health Service, The Armed Forces, the Navy and the Ministry of Sea of Portugal.

Inspired in the drawing of the lunch with King John I of Portugal and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, published in Chroniques d’Angleterre by Jean Wavrin, the exhibition includes a table display with works created with recicled materials in 27 hospitals of Continental Portugal and Island and Misericordia do Porto.

Coordination: Ana Isabel Dias e Ana Paula Martins

Invitation to Schools

Portugal-UK 650 is an initiative that, while celebrating the past, is turned towards the future and intends that learning about the values defended in the treaty of Alliance coupled with the example of 650 years of friendship and peace between the two nations, will encourage the younger generations, who are the future of our society, to promote a culture of peace and friendship in their communities, making a difference and contributing to a better world.  At the same time, participants have the opportunity to learn more about their history and heritage, and develop several competences and skills.

In addition to the activities we suggest in our website, we also challenge schools to create their own projects and activities to mark the 650th anniversary of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance and share with us your plans, projects and activities.

We would be grateful if you could send  photos (and videos) of your activities and projects,  mentioning if we can share them on our website and social media to 


Visit to EB1 School in Marco Canaveses, with teachers, student and parents of J8.

Invitation to Artists


Portugal-UK 650 is an initiative for everyone. We invite all artists to take part in the celebrations of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, sharing with everybody your creative skills and talent. Be part of the celebrations, for example, by creating new works, shows and performances, by performing English and Portuguese repertoire, etc. 

We highlight that there will be exhibitions in Portugal and the United Kingdom with a selection of the works created within Portugal-UK 650. We invite artists to exhibit their creations at our exhibitions in 2022 and 2023.

Commerce and Culture

From the beginning of the Alliance, merchants played a key role.  The 1358 treaty, before the formal start of the Alliance, is enlightening in this respect. In fact, it was the Portuguese merchants and sailors who took the initiative to send two representatives to the English court to ask King Edward for a commercial treaty. Request that the King acceded. In this way, this treaty – celebrated for a period of 50 years – was signed by King Edward and Afonso Martins Alho, representing the merchants of Porto and Lisbon. It was in this treaty where merchants negotiated for the first time the free movement of people and goods between the natives of Portugal and England, Gascony, Ireland, and Wales.

Over the century’s merchants have been the main drivers and defenders of a diverse set of commercial and personal liberties such as freedom of residence, transit and religion conferred in the various Anglo Portuguese treaties to subjects of one Part in the territories of the other. In this sense, the Westminster Treaty (10th July 1654) was considered their «Magna Carta». 

Portugal-UK 650 will promote some activities to foster trade between both countries and to learn and get to know the best that both countries have to offer.