The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance: Taking stock of the past and envisioning the future

This research project will contribute to a better understanding of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, the oldest diplomatic alliance still in force today. It will mark the 650th anniversary of the Alliance by conducting a comprehensive assessment of its past and present interactions, as well as its future in a context marked by the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

This project involves – for the first time in a long-term project about the Alliance – an interdisciplinary group of Portuguese and British researchers from various fields of law, history, political science, paleography-diplomatic, literature and musicology. It brings together the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions of the University of Oxford; the JusGov – Centre for Justice and Governance, University of Minho; the CHSC – Centre for the History of Society and Culture, University of Coimbra; the CICP – Research Centre in Political Science, University of Évora/University of Minho; the IEP – Institute for Political Studies, University Católica Portuguesa; and researchers from Cardiff University and Nova University of Lisbon. Collectively, they will analyse the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance from four perspectives – legal, political, historical and cultural – complementing each other in providing a deeper understanding of key moments from the Alliance’s past and present, and in envisioning its future.



Alexandra Maria Rodrigues Araujo

Principal Investigator, University of Minho

Owen Rees

Principal Investigator, University of Oxford

José Sérgio Ribeiro

Co-Principal Investigator, University of Minho

Allan Francis Tatham

University of Minho

Ana Lúcia Curado

University of Minho

Evanthia Balla

University of Évora

Jenny Benham

University of Cardiff

Joana Aguiar e Silva

University of Minho

João Carlos Espada GOM

Hon OBE, University Catolica of Portugal

José Pedro Paiva

University of Coimbra

Liam Gearon FRA

FHEA, University of Oxford

Maria de Assunção Vale Pereira

University of Minho

Maria João Rodrigues de Araujo

University of Oxford

Maria José Azevedo Santos

University of Coimbra

Patrícia Jerónimo

University of Minho

Russell Sandberg

University of Cardiff

Silvério Rocha e Cunha

University of Évora

Teresa Pinto Coelho

University Nova of Lisbon

Thomas Earle GOIH

University of Oxford
Conferences, Seminars and Workshops


Interdisciplinary Conference to mark the 650 years of the Treaty of Tagilde, 6-9 July 2022, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. 

You can find more details of this conference and other conferences, webinars and workshops taking place within this research project in the Activites section here.

ENB Dance in Perpetuity



Dance in Perpetuity is a project created in partnership with the English National Ballet. The project encompasses four strands of activity including: performances in both Portugal and the UK, an international youth dance exchange, and a schools alliance twinning programme between Portugal and UK schools. This is an exciting opportunity for English National Ballet and stakeholders to celebrate the Alliance through a large-scale performance project informed by its foundation values, with schools, local communities, and international exchange.

Dance in Perpetuity Project Aims:

-Highlight the Anniversary of the Alliance and its importance today

Encourage inter-cultural dialogue through the  themes of the project

Embed the values of the Alliance  in young people-Develop participants’ skills, confidence, creativity & co-operation

-Build performance skills, friendships, and aspirations

-Create a lasting legacy

Dance in Perpetuity will have a lasting legacy in the following areas:

-Establishment of a network of twinned schools in Portugal and the UK

-Establishment of  links between schools in Portugal/UK and English National Ballet, stakeholders

-Development of links and cooperation between group leaders/artists in Portugal and the creative and staff team at English National Ballet

We will share more details of this project in due course.

Coordinator: Fleur Derbyshire-Fox

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:

Barbican Box


Barbican Box is the flagship annual school project of the Barbican Centre in London. In 2022-2023 it will be dedicated to the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance and it will take place both in the United Kingdom and Portugal.

Barbican Box is a portable Box filled with the ingredients for making and creating original artistic work, inspired by our multi-arts programme. There is Barbican Primary Box (primary schools) and a Barbican Secondary Box (secondary schools).

Barbican Box is a six-month process and begins with CPD (continuing professional development) training for teachers, after which the Box is sent into schools for teachers to begin working with their students. Teachers are matched with an artist mentor who delivers in-school workshops at the beginning, middle and end of the creative process. Students come to the Barbican or to their local arts centre to see a production, musical performance or exhibition, and the project culminates with students returning to the arts centre to showcase their original work.

We will share more details of this project in 2022

The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre in the City of London and the largest of its kind in Europe. The centre hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, dance, film screenings and art exhibitions. It also houses a library, three restaurants, and a conservatoryThe London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra are based in the centre’s Concert Hall and is  the London-based venue of the Royal Shakespeare Company.


Sailors of Hope 

The project ‘Sailors of Hope’ is carried out in partnership with the National Health Service of Portugal, and the Navy. The aim is to contribute to the well-being and quality of life of children and young people hospitalized in pediatric wards, by promoting their knowledge and human development. The participants are encouraged to ​​reflect upon the values of the foundational treaty of Alliance and be creative in the representation of scenarios, events and protagonists, related to the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance. Contexts that are full of human capacities, values and symbolism, helping the participants to experience the historical reality that has united both nations and cultures over the centuries.

Coordinator: Ana Principe

Legend: Visit of Maria João R de Araujo to CMIN, University Hospital Centre of Porto. With the team from CMIN and the portraits of King Charles II and Queen Catherine of Braganza made within Portugal-UK 650.

Media Arts

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, provided by the City of London Corporation in partnership with Braga City of Media Arts, provided by the City Council of Braga are working collaboratively to create a new project in media arts. The project  will be launched in July 2022 on the occasion of the 650 anniversary of the Treaty of Tagilde and will culminate with a simultaneous performance in both countries coinciding with the 650th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace, Friendship in Alliance in June 2023.

The Guldhall School of Music and Drama is ranked the number one UK conservatoire in the 2021 Guardian table league. Braga Media Arts is the only Unesco Creative City for the Media Arts in Portugal. You can find more about the GSMD in  and about Braga Media Arts at

Project Coordinators: Sean Gregory, Vice-Principal GSMD; Joana Miranda, Executive Coordinator Braga Media Arts.




Theatre, as an art, enables knowledge and understanding of historical events and reflection on their influence today. For this reason, theatrical activities are of crucial importance in the commemorations of this anniversary, both with the school public and the general public. In partnership with Diskadalia the following programme is planned.

“Our English friends”, Schools: Years 1-4

Who are our English friends? And why are we friends? When did this friendship start? How long has it lasted? Can friendships span centuries?

This is the starting point. We will bring to primary and secondary schools an original play, created specifically for this event, in which we will challenge children to explore local, national and international history, while thinking and reflecting on this very important topic: what is a friendship made of?

Theatre workshops – the 650 years of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance. School public: Years 5-6 and secondary school students

In this project, we challenge students in years 5-6  and in secondary education to investigate the relationship which began with  the Anglo-Portuguese alliance and, from there, create plays for public presentation. It is a process of artistic creation and training, with the support of teachers, actors, authors, set designers and directors, who will contribute to the development of young people, their artistic and intellectual training, with a direct impact on the local community.

Theatre Play

A theatrical play for the general public, starting from the signing of the Treaty of Tagilde, on July 10, 1372, to reflect on this particular relationship between the Portuguese and the British today: after multiple wars, the European Union, the Brexit and a pandemic. What is this alliance made of? A play with humor, irony, history and many questions to reflect on the past, but above all, on the future.

Artistic team: Didaskalia is a theatre company coordinated by Sandra Pinheiro, an award-winning playwright, with plays performed in Portugal, England and Brazil, born in Tagilde.

Alliance Music and Opera

The Calouste Gulbenkian Conservatoire embraced Portugal-UK 650 in a global manner, creating an interdisciplinary projet that involves transversally both curricular and artistic subjects across all school years, including orchestra, choir, composition and opera studio.

A new opera based on the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance and the values of the Alliance’s founding Treaty is being created by young singers, who are members of opera studio. The aim is to develop their artistic skills and opera singing in particular, to deepen and raise awareness of the history of the Alliance and reflect on the values expressed in the Treaty of Alliance.

A performance of this new opera and other works created within this project will be presented to the general public in a performance that will be broadcast live so that other audiences can also enjoy it.

Coordinator: Cristina Gonçalves

6.50 Trooping the Colour



Celebrating a friendship needs more, much more, than being willing to party and fraternize. It needs moments and spaces to reflect and relive the values ​​that sustain this friendship, it needs opportunities to practice the relationships we celebrate and intend to perpetuate, and it needs shared action.
In order to commemorate the oldest alliance between peoples and nations and celebrate the 650 years of the Treaty signed between Portugal and the United Kingdom, the Alberto Sampaio Schools Group, from the city of Braga (Portugal), created the project “6.50 Trooping the Colours”.
This project, which involves many hundreds of students, reconciles, by a happy coincidence of dates, the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Alberto Sampaio Secondary School with the 650th anniversary of the Treaty. It combines the idea of ​​creating banners, called “cores / colours”, for the school involving the image of the “tree” (present in the Grouping symbol) as a reason for reflection on our relationship with Nature and as a sign of the values ​​that are also present in the Treaty of Alliance: Peace, Friendship, Sincerity and Affection.
These banners will be displayed together at an event whose aim is to celebrate the values ​​common to the Treaty and the school, and like Trooping the Colour held in the UK (The Queen’s Official Birthday Parade), it is a symbolic way of demonstrating the loyalty of a community to a set of values ​​that need constant work for their perpetuation.
This project involves plastic and artistic expressions, involves the English language and English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish culture, involves environmental issues and involves the construction of relationships and affections. In short: the idea of ​​Community and the value of Friendship.

Coordinator: Jorge Filipe Marques

Unesco Creative Cities

The City of York and the City of Braga are both members of UNESCO Creative Cities Network. In partnership with York Unesco City of Media Arts and Braga Unesco City of Media Arts we are planning the project “S(ORR)ounds” to be launched in the academic year 2022-2023. We will publish more details soon, including how you can apply to take part.

Coordinators: Prof Christopher Bailey and  Joana Miranda




Portugal-UK 650 has the charitable aim to raise funds for ANDI – New Dialogue Organization, a charity active in Portugal and United Kingdom that promotes social values, human rights and helps childen in need worldwide. In particular, in partnership with ANDI – New Dialogue Organization, we want to initiate a project in Mozambique and to contribute to the ongoing project in India that helps children in Kandhamal, Odisha. Mozambique is both a member of CPLP (Community of Portuguese Language Countries) and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, while India has also historical connections to both nations. Mumbai was part of the dowry of Queen Catherine of Braganza on ther marriage to King Charles II. You can find more about ANDI here.

Campaign video about the project in India.