THE HISPANIC-ANGLOSPHERE: TRANSNATIONAL NETWORKS AND GLOBAL COMMUNITIES (18TH - 20TH CENTURIES)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Winchester
Department Name: History

Abstract

The Hispanic and Anglo worlds are often portrayed as the Cain and Abel of the Western culture, antagonistic and alien to each other. This project will challenge this view by developing a new critical conceptual framework - the 'Hispanic-Anglosphere' - to study individuals, networks and communities that made of the British Isles a crucial hub for the global Hispanic world and a bridge between Spanish Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas during the late eighteenth to early twentieth centuries, a period marked by the dislocation of global polities, nation-state building and the rise of nationalism.
Direct contact between women and men of the British Isles and those of the Spanish-speaking world increased exponentially from the 1760s. Trade between Britain and Spanish America rose by about 300 to 400 per cent long before South American independence in the 1820s. A good number of companies involved in this trade had branches in different locations of the British Isles, the Americas, the Philippines, in the Canary Islands, and were run by English, Scottish and Irish families based in Spain. Contact further increased in the 1780s with the arrival to these shores of Spanish American revolutionaries. The Napoleonic wars not only took tens of thousands of Britons to fight in Iberia, also encouraged a few to join regular e irregular forces in Spain and later in Spanish America, thus starting a trend of British personal involvement in Hispanic conflicts long before the International Brigades made its name in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). Many of these expats either died or decided to settle abroad. A few returned home, bringing wives and children, as well as foreign goods, manners and customs which they helped to popularize. Similarly, hundreds of Spanish refugees flocked to the British Isles after the restoration of Bourbon absolutism in 1814, often crossing paths with Spanish American leaders in search for assistance in the delicate business of new-nation state building. Scholars have studied some of these cases, but mainly from national perspectives or in terms of either 'Spanish-British' or 'Latin American-British' relations, often reducing the British experience to the confines of London, thus leaving little room for the study of persons, issues and undertakings that operated in wider areas and both through and beyond national and regional boundaries.
In this project, historians from the UK, Ireland, continental Europe, the Americas and Russia, jointly with scholars from other disciplines and non-academic partners, will study those people who in the British Isles were closely engaged with the Hispanic world, regardless of their birth, religion or political allegiance as well as of those who came from the Hispanic world to any point of the British Isles as visitors, exiles and/or migrants. A key question to be addressed is how these individuals and networks worked with and/or counteracted growing restrictions imposed on the movement of people, ideas, goods and capital.
The network will work in partnership with the National Trust Tyntesfield, the stately home founded by the Madrid-born merchant William Gibbs who built much of his fortune on the importation of Spanish wine and Peruvian guano. Scholarly discussions will be held in the context of the estate's rich collection of material culture with the intention of contributing to improving and extending their interpretation. The project will operate through an online interactive platform that will serve to host scholars' exchanges and to showcase peer-reviewed material generated as a result of the networks' research such as working papers and an online exhibition. Two three-day workshops are planned to take place in Winchester and in NT Tyntesfield. Expert knowledge will be tested and disseminated through discrete scheduled meetings with the general public and through mass and social media, thus encouraging dialogue with wider audiences outside academic circles.

Planned Impact

The network aims to widen and deepen public understandings of the Hispanic-Anglosphere early on in the project by seeking public participation in discussions relating to the use of this term as a new critical conceptual framework for the study of the individuals, networks and communities who made of a British Isles a hub for the global Hispanic world in a period of intense social, cultural and political change (late eighteenth to early twentieth centuries).
It is also hoped that discussions may inform public policy-making in relation to wider topics of increasing political, economic and socio-cultural salience such as social integration, diasporas, the dislocation of global and supranational polities, globalization, nation-building and inter-imperiality by establishing connections between academia, governmental and non-governmental organizations and the public at large.
In this respect, our partnership with the National Trust Tyntesfield is of pivotal importance. During two planned workshops, expert knowledge will be tested and disseminated through discrete scheduled meetings of scholars with the general public and through mass and social media, thus encouraging dialogue with wider audiences outside academic circles. Questions from the public will be either answered on the spot or collected to inform further academic research. This session may be broadcasted through the network's online presence (ex. Webinar) and/or radio and TV stations. Selected extracts will be recorded and disseminated as podcasts through the network's website. Throughout the project, network members will be encouraged to post archival and visual findings, to blog and to use Twitter (using a hashtag that will be common across the two workshops) to raise awareness of our work.
Network members from different disciplines will be asked to engage directly with the National Trust-Tyntesfield's rich collection relating to the Hispanic-Anglosphere (printed, visual and material culture) with a view to produce interpretations that will be showcased on the network's own website as well as in the NT Tyntesfield's webpages which have over a million annual visitors and reach a vast, national and international readership. Material from case studies may be incorporated into learning activities, such as field trips, designed for students at various educational levels.
The network's own website will provide a forum for academic and non-academic discussions as well as host peer-reviewed working papers, an online exhibition and thematic and prosopographical webpages under open access criteria. Findings may also contribute to the updating and enrichment of existing digital scholarly resources which may already offer material relevant to the Hispanic-Anglosphere. Impact in this area will be measured through quantification of specific online hits, downloads and meaningful comments posted online.
The involvement of curators and researchers based at other heritage institutions means that a fresh historical perspective will be extended and deployed in a variety of disciplinary and institutional contexts in matters relating to the interaction of the Bristish Isles with the global Hispanic world.
While seeking the cooperation of selected mass media outlets for engaging the general public in the project, the network will endeavour to build with them a creative relationship that may result in the production of one or more relevant radio programmes and/or TV documentaries based around the concept of the Hispanic-Anglosphere and/or case-studies from a projected multi-authored book.
Impact will be also measured through custom-made feedback forms (online and in paper) during and after workshops, correspondence with non-academic institutions and record of instances of significant presence of the project in mass media outputs (ex. newspaper articles, radio interviews, etc.).
 
Title From Madrid to Tyntesfield: A story of love, loss and legacy 
Description The exhibition 'From Madrid to Tyntesfield: A story of love, loss and legacy' at the National Trust Tyntesfield tells the story of William Gibb's fortune in the global Hispanic world. Drawing from our network's previous year pilot experience, (see 'One-day pilot event-exhibition "The Hispanic-Anglosphere in Tyntesfield") this initiative was the result of the cooperation of our fellow network member Susan Hayward, curator of the National Trust Tyntesfield and her team of committed NT assistants with the project's PI, Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers and a number of members of our network, particularly Dr José Shane Brownrigg-Gleeson Martínez and Dr Andres Baeza-Ruz. The launch of the exhibition (22 May 2019) marked the 229 anniversary of the birthday of William Gibbs who was born in Madrid on 22 May 1790 at the heart of a family that operated within the vibrant Hispanic-Anglosphere of the time. The exhibition has been planned to last for at least two years with a view to be periodically updated with new findings from our own research. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The exhibition results from a root-and-branch reinterpretation of the National Trust Tyntesfield estate and its vast collection encouraged and instigated by our project. From being merely known as the neo-gothic country home of a wealthy Victorian English family, the estate is starting to position itself at the heart of a vibrant Hispanic-Anglosphere dating back to the late eighteenth century and reaching well into the twentieth-century. The shift towards acknowledging the impact of the founders' interaction with a global Hispanic legacy came as result of the activities of our research network, including from findings that constitute a crucial part of the exhibition. The organization of this 'creative product' drove the National Trust to change the wording of much of the literature relating to the estate, including the entry in the NT handbook distributed to their 5.6 million NT members which in its 2020 edition, and for the first time since the trust acquired the estate in 2002, made explicit reference to its Hispanic-Anglo heritage (see under 'Narrative Impact'). 
URL https://hispanic-anglosphere.com/2019/05/22/from-madrid-to-tyntesfield-a-story-of-love-loss-and-lega...
 
Description 'The Hispanic-Anglosphere: transnational networks, global communities (late 18th-20th centuries)' is today a thriving international research network that challenges old assumptions of enmity and isolation through the development of a new critical conceptual framework - the 'Hispanic-Anglosphere' - to study individuals, networks and communities that made of the British Isles a crucial hub for the global Hispanic world and a bridge between Spanish Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas in the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Perhaps not unlike today, that was a period marked by uncertainty, the dislocation of global polities, the rise of nationalism and radicalisms. Twenty-four historians in the British Isles, continental Europe, the Americas and Russia in association with scholars from other disciplines and non-academic partners operate mainly through an online platform (http://hispanic-anglosphere.com) organized in three open-access areas (Public History, Individuals, Networks and communities) and one restricted area accessible only to network's participants (La Cocina/Kitchen). Under the rubric 'Individuals' we have so far identified 94 key men and women who operated and/or contributed to the Hispanic-Anglosphere and we are providing new evidence-based and peer-reviewed biographical information. Thirty-three profiles have been completed (see 'Publications') and other 17 have been published abridged in advanced form. Under 'Networks and communities' we identified 16 thematic areas relevant to the activities of networks and communities in the Hispanic-Anglosphere (listed here alphabetically): Arts; Education; Exile and Migration; Family and Friends; Landscape & the Environment; Non-for-Profit Organizations (Charity, Philanthropy, Civic Associations, etc); Peace and Diplomacy; Politics; Press, Journalism and the Media; Religion and Philosophy; Science, Medicine and Technology; Sports;Trade and Investment;Translation; Travel and Tourism; War and the Military. In 'La Cocina/Kitchen' we are exchanging some of the material that resulted in 12 working papers, 10 of which were selected to be included in a multi-authored book edited by the PI under contract with the publisher Routledge titled 'The Hispanic-Anglosphere from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century: An Introduction.' These papers offer new insights on subjects as diverse as the history and environmental implications of the globalization of commodities such as the alpaca and quinine; struggles around the adoption of the term 'colonies' in Spanish legal language; financial and commercial strategies of British companies operating in the global Hispanic world during periods of political and technological transitions; love, loss and religious strife in transnational contexts; experiments in education and sports, etc. We also exchange much information and ideas through regular academic workshops and public events. During our first meeting (3-5 November 2017) participants discussed ways of thinking about the British Isles vis-à-vis the global Hispanic world, offered relevant case studies and sought input (we still do) from the general public. In the months leading to a second workshop (22-24 June 2018), we initiated the systematic identification of Individuals, Networks and Communities with a view to thematically mapping and studying little known instances of entanglement. The objective of encouraging the interpretation of archival, audio-visual and material evidence and bringing them, and our academic discussions, to a wider audience is being addressed through the rubric 'Public History' that gives access to two sections: 'Resources' and the online exhibition 'Exploring the Hispanic-Anglosphere' that contains at the moment 12 interactive panels with original material that also links to information in other areas of the online platform and to relevant external sources. Under Resources, the public has access to the database of 3000 volunteers compiled by Prof. Matthew Brown of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and other European adventurers in Gran Colombia (c.1810-c.1830), information about Latin American exiles in London, a guide to records available in the island of Jersey Archive and to a free downloadable 'Hispanic Itinerary' for visitors of our partner, the National Trust Tyntesfield. The latter was produced for a one-day pilot event-exhibition dedicated to the 'Hispanic-Anglosphere in Tyntesfield' (23 June 2018) consisting of a series of 'Hispanic tours' of the house through the use of the 'Hispanic Itinerary' map (distributed in print form during the day and also downloadable at https://hispanic-anglosphere.com/public-history/re sources/the-hispanic-anglosphere-at-tyntesfield/), the tasting of food and drinks from both the global Hispanic and Anglo world and a one-hour talk to launch the permanent online exhibition 'Exploring the Hispanic-Anglosphere' (https://hispanic-anglosphere.com/public-history/online-exhibitions/).The series of sponsored visits to NT Tyntesfield by members of the network resulted in a number of new findings [ex. the story behind the first cultivation and commercialization of the National flower of Chile, the copihue (Lapageria rosea)] as well as in the correct identification and interpretation of over twenty objects and a number of items in the library collection. The experience has encouraged a root-and-branch reinterpretation of the National Trust Tyntesfield estate and its vast collection (more details under 'Collaborations and Partnerships' and 'Narrative Impact').
Exploitation Route The new conceptual framework of the 'Hispanic-Anglosphere' is gaining currency and being taken forward both within and outside the academic community. The growing number of scholars and non-scholars who are joining the ranks of our network are committed to keep alive our operating online platform (http://hispanic-anglosphere.com) with more biographical profiles, working papers and panels for our online exhibition 'Exploring the Hispanic-Anglosphere' which has now also an area dedicated to identify and provide peer-reviewed information about 'Key Locations' relating to the Hispanic-Anglosphere throughout the world. The network plans to continue and expand the work on all these areas, perhaps focusing on specific 'mega-questions' to be tackled throughout all the 16 recognised thematic areas. We also aim to extend the experience of collaboration in research and knowledge exchange with our partner The National Trust -Tyntesfield to other heritage centres and sites within and outside the British Isles.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education,Energy,Environment,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Retail,Security and Diplomacy,Transport,Other

URL http://hispanic-anglosphere.com
 
Description We can already report with a degree of confidence that the new conceptual framework of the 'Hispanic-Anglosphere' has fostered an increased awareness and understanding of the role played by the British Isles as a crucial hub for the global Hispanic world and a bridge between Spanish Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas in the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries, both within and outside academia. The concept was at the centre of two international academic meetings intertwined with two public events at the National Trust-Tyntesfield, near Bristol (4 November 2017 and 23 June 2018). These events brought together scholars from the UK, Spain, Italy, Chile, Argentina, US, Canada and Russia with NT volunteers and the general public. Discussions encouraged a root-and-branch reinterpretation of the Tyntesfield estate and its vast collection - the largest of the National Trust. From being merely known as the neo-gothic country home of a wealthy Victorian English family, the estate is starting to position itself at the heart of a vibrant Hispanic-Anglosphere dating back to the late eighteenth century and reaching well into the twentieth century. The shift towards acknowledging the impact of the founders' interaction with a global Hispanic legacy came as result of the activities of our research network. For example, the experience has drove the National Trust to change the wording of much of the literature relating to the estate, including the entry in the NT handbook distributed to their 5.6 million NT members which in its 2020 edition, and for the first time since the trust acquired the estate in 2002, made explicit reference to its Hispanic-Anglo heritage by stating that " () The richly decorated house contains 60,000 of the family's possessions, some collected by William Gibbs as he traded in the Hispanic world. Born in Madrid, William's story is one of long struggles with sacred debts, of young love, loss, a close-knit family and the making of a vast fortune ()" (National Trust Handbook 2020, p.109). The activities that nurtured this fundamental change included a one-day pilot event-exhibition dedicated to the 'Hispanic-Anglosphere in Tyntesfield' (23 June 2018) consisting of a series of 'Hispanic tours' of the house through the use of a 'Hispanic Itinerary' map (distributed in print form during the day and also downloadable at https://hispanic-anglosphere.com/public-history/re sources/the-hispanic-anglosphere-at-tyntesfield/), the tasting of food and drinks from both the global Hispanic world and the British Isles and a one-hour talk to launch the permanent online exhibition 'Exploring the Hispanic-Anglosphere' (https://hispanic-anglosphere.com/public-history/online-exhibitions/). Expert advice was provided for the correct identification and interpretation of over twenty objects and several items in the library collection of Tyntesfield which are accessible to the visiting public. The entangled origin of the house served as a lighting-rod for wider discussions that generated a number of findings to be published in a multi-authored book containing 10 discrete case-studies, including one about the Hispanic origins of NT Tyntesfield. Material from these case studies and from the network's online platform have been incorporated into learning content and activities designed for students at undergraduate level in the BA degree in History programme at the University of Winchester (for example, a field trip to Tyntesfield within the first year course HS1065 'Europe and the Americas: change and interchange (1763-1914)'; a whole thematic area within the syllabus of the third year in-depth courses HS3417 and HS3418 'The Age of Napoleon in global perspective' tackled through readings, class discussions and essays). The project also informed much of an educational field trip to Madrid, Segovia and Salamanca (Year 2 - course HS2502 Field Trip, 21-26th April 2018). More notably, the exhibition 'From Madrid to Tyntesfield: A story of love, loss and legacy" at the National Trust Tyntesfield drew from our network's previous year pilot experience (see 'One-day pilot event-exhibition "The Hispanic-Anglosphere in Tyntesfield" and under 'Artistic and Creative Products'). This initiative was the result of the cooperation of our fellow network member Susan Hayward, curator of the National Trust Tyntesfield and her team of committed NT assistants with the project's PI, Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers and various members of our network, particularly Dr José Shane Brownrigg-Gleeson Martínez and Dr Andres Baeza-Ruz. The launch of the exhibition (22 May 2019) marked the 229 anniversary of the birthday of the founder William Gibbs. The exhibition has been planned to last for at least two years with a view to be periodically updated with new findings from our own research. We have endeavoured to engage the media in all our activities (see under 'Engagement Activities') and also by responding to their queries. An instance of the latter resulted in the PI's participation in a front-page 'Big Question' debate published by the BBC World Histories magazine under the heading 'Did the Age of Exploration do more harm than good?' ("Graciela Iglesias-Rogers: 'Exploring entails entanglements of all sorts; some are desirable, others not", BBC World Histories, issue 9, April/May 2018, p.17, also available online at: https://www.historyextra.com/period/modern/age-of- exploration-bring-more-harm-than-good-americas-australia-columbus-captain-cook/ ). We also organized a public conversation aimed at both communicating our research and generating debate with the general public through the topical premise of 'Transition: tips and ideas from the Hispanic-Anglosphere (late 18th - early 20th centuries)' held on 11th May 2019 at the Wessex Center, a contemporary venue nestled in the beautiful inner close of the Winchester Cathedral and broadcasted live through a podcast from the online platform of the Hispanic-Anglosphere project. Full video images, the podcast (both recorded by an undergraduate student under the Winchester Research Apprenticeship Programme) remain available in the online platform of the project (https://hispanic-anglosphere.com/public-history/resources/transition-videos-of-the-public-event/ ). The Hispanic-Anglosphere concept has also placed itself at the heart of public events organized by external organizations. For example, it featured highly in an event organized by Canning House under the title 'Forgotten Histories' (more details under 'Engagement Activities') which served to generate much interest, particularly among representatives of various diplomatic services, businesses with interest in Iberoamerica and members of the public who expressed to be positively surprise and intrigued by our findings, including a few who offered information about relatives who played a role in shaping the Hispanic-Anglosphere.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Education,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Security and Diplomacy
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Field Trip of undergraduates to exhibition 'From Madrid to Tyntesfield" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Thirty-seven students enrolled in the first year undergraduate module HS1065 'Europe and the Americas: change and interchange (late 18th-early 20th centuries) in the BA degree course in History at the University of Winchester engaged in a one-day Field Trip (22 November 2019) which had at its heart the exhibition 'From Madrid to Tyntesfield: A story of love, loss and legacy' at the National Trust Tyntesfield. This exhibition tells the story of William Gibb's fortune in the global Hispanic world. Drawing from our network's previous year pilot experience, (see 'One-day pilot event-exhibition "The Hispanic-Anglosphere in Tyntesfield") this initiative was the result of the cooperation of our fellow network member Susan Hayward, curator of the National Trust Tyntesfield and her team of committed NT assistants with the project's PI, Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers and a number of members of our network, particularly Dr José Shane Brownrigg-Gleeson Martínez and Dr Andres Baeza-Ruz. The students were guided through the exhibition and the rest of the NT estate by the PI who was also their course leader. The group consisted mainly of British undergraduates, but we have also a few from Norway, arising from an exchange programme. The Field Trip formed a key part of the learning activities of the HS1065 course (for example, information collected was used as primary source/s in students' essays). It could also be categorised as an example of 'edutainment' in as much as the students reported to have been intellectually challenged, informed and entertained by the whole experience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://winchester.instructure.com/courses/10850/files/1268369?module_item_id=509044
 
Description Interview for national press with global reach 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact PI's participation in a front-page 'Big Question' debate published by the BBC World Histories magazine under the heading 'Did the Age of Exploration do more harm than good?' ("Graciela Iglesias-Rogers: 'Exploring entails entanglements of all sorts; some are desirable, others not", BBC World Histories, issue 9, April/May 2018, p.17, also available online at: https://www.historyextra.com/period/modern/age-of-exploration-bring-more-harm-than-good-americas-australia-columbus-captain-cook/ ).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.historyextra.com/period/modern/age-of-exploration-bring-more-harm-than-good-americas-aus...
 
Description Leading feature in National Trust Inspire podcast 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The PI of the project, Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers, shared some of the findings of the research network during the press launch of the exhibition 'From Madrid to Tyntesfield: A story of love, loss and legacy' at the National Trust Tyntesfield (in itself an outcome of the project) through an interview included in the August-September National Trust Inspire podcast 2019 ( https://soundcloud.com/inspiresw ). The interview served as a 'bait' for the whole programme, being as a result the main feature. We suggest to pay particular attention to the introduction and from the 40:00 track. The producers of the programme reported that the feature received positive comments, mainly with expression of interest to visit the exhibition and the online platform of our project to learn more about the Hispanic-Anglosphere as a result of changing their own views regarding the entanglement of the Hispanic and Anglo worlds in history.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://soundcloud.com/inspiresw
 
Description One-day pilot event-exhibition 'The Hispanic-Anglosphere in Tyntesfield' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a one-day pilot event-exhibition dedicated to the 'Hispanic-Anglosphere in Tyntesfield' (23 June 2018) consisting of a series of 'Hispanic tours' of the NT Tyntesfield house through the use of a 'Hispanic Itinerary' map (distributed in print form during the day, but also downloadable at https://hispanic-anglosphere.com/public-history/resources/the-hispanic-anglosphere-at-tyntesfield/), tasting of food and drinks from both the global Hispanic and Anglo world and a one-hour talk to launch the permanent online exhibition 'Exploring the Hispanic-Anglosphere' (https://hispanic-anglosphere.com/public-history/online-exhibitions/).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://hispanic-anglosphere.com/2018/06/25/successful-launch-of-an-ambitious-pilot-experience/
 
Description Press Launch of exhibition 'From Madrid to Tyntesfield: A story of love, loss and legacy" (NT Tyntesfield) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The Principal Investigator in the project, Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers, participated in the press launch of the exhibition 'From Madrid to Tyntesfield: A story of love, loss and legacy' at the National Trust Tyntesfield that tells the story of William Gibb's fortune in the global Hispanic world. Drawing from our network's previous year pilot experience, (see 'One-day pilot event-exhibition "The Hispanic-Anglosphere in Tyntesfield") this initiative was the result of the cooperation of our fellow network member Susan Hayward, curator of the National Trust Tyntesfield and her team of committed NT assistants with the project's PI, and a number of members of our network, particularly Dr José Shane Brownrigg-Gleeson Martínez, Dr Andres Baeza and Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers (PI).
The launch of the exhibition marked the 229 anniversary of the birthday of William Gibbs who was born in Madrid on 22 May 1790 at the heart of a family that operated within the vibrant Hispanic-Anglosphere of the time. The exhibition has been planned to last for at least two years with a view to be periodically updated with new findings from our own research. The PI assisted in guiding some invited media through the exhibition and was interviewed by several members of the media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://hispanic-anglosphere.com/2019/05/22/from-madrid-to-tyntesfield-a-story-of-love-loss-and-lega...
 
Description Public Conversation: Transition: tips and ideas from the Hispanic-Anglosphere 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This was a public conversation aimed at both communicating our research and generating debate with the general public through the following topical premise: Everyday the news has been jam-packed with stories about impending transformation - call it Brexit, the twilight of the modern Elizabethan era with the possibility of a male regency, the end of the fossil economy and the rapid growth of the so-called industries of the future (virtual reality, driverless cars, etc.). Change brings both challenges and opportunities. The history of the British Isles and the global Hispanic world is full of good and bad examples of how to get through periods of transition. Five leading scholars from around the world were invited to share through a round-table discussion a few tips and ideas about various experiences, particularly from the late eighteenth to early twentieth centuries, a period marked by the dislocation of global polities, the rise and fall of monarchies, empires and republics, nation-state building, the rise of nationalism as well as by technological and biological innovations that altered landscape and infrastructures forever. Under the title 'Transition: tips and ideas from the Hispanic-Anglosphere (late 18th - early 20th centuries' the event was held on Saturday 11th May 2019 at the Wessex Center, a contemporary venue nestled in the beautiful inner close of the Winchester Cathedral and broadcasted live through a podcast from the online platform of the Hispanic-Anglosphere project. Full video images, the podcast (both recorded by an undergraduate student under the Winchester Research Apprenticeship Programme) remain available in the online platform (https://hispanic-anglosphere.com/public-history/resources/transition-videos-of-the-public-event/ ). The event was organized by our international research network and by the Modern History Research Centre of the University of Winchester. The speakers were Dr Andrés Baeza Ruz (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Dr Helen Cowie (University of York), Prof. Eduardo Posada-Carbó (University of Oxford), Prof. Natalia Sobrevilla Perea (University of Kent); Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers (University of Winchester) who also chaired the meeting. Filming and video reports were taken by Charles Ball (WRAP, University of Winchester).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://hispanic-anglosphere.com/public-history/resources/transition-videos-of-the-public-event/
 
Description Public Event: 'Forgotten Histories' (Canning House, London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The PI (Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers) and a fellow member of the network, Dr Rory Miller, joined a panel of experts to share some of the findings of our project under the premise to reveal "forgotten histories of the movement of people, business and culture between the UK and Latin America through an exploration of the tangible heritage that remains". In the panel were also Dr Charles Jones (chair) and Dr Carrie Gibson. The event was held on 4th February 2020 at 20 Cavendish Sq., W1G 0RN London (18:00-20:30). It was organized by Canning House, the leading organisation that since 1943 serves as a forum to promote understanding and engagement between Britain and the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian world, through presentations, events, art and educational activities. The attendees - mainly members of various diplomatic services and the business sector - had the opportunity to contribute to the conversation, sharing their own lesser-known stories of the relationship between the UK and Latin America. Many reported to be positively surprised and intrigued by our findings and expressed an interest to assist in the network's research - a few have already started to do through the provision of much valuable information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.canninghouse.org/events/forgotten-histories-event
 
Description Talk and mini-concert to launch 'The Hispanic-Anglosphere online platform' (NT-Tyntesfield) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A two-hour talk and debate at the Sawmill (NT-Tyntesfield, near Bristol, 4 November 2017) to mark the launch of the 'Hispanic-Anglosphere' online platform (http://hispanic-anglosphere.com) attended by scholars from the UK, Spain, Italy, Chile, Argentina, US, Canada, Russia, NT volunteers and members of the general public. To celebrate the occasion, Dr Ana Carpintero Fernández, historian and Lecturer in Guitar Studies (Conservatorio Profesional de Música, Zaragoza, Spain) played in an original Fabricatore guitar dating back to 1819 a number of extracts from little-known guitar compositions published in the British Isles by two Spanish composers, including one dedicated to the Scottish Fourth Earl of Fife, a British volunteer in the Spanish Army during the Peninsular War and friend of the South American liberator José de San Martin. An extract is currently available in our online exhibition "Exploring the Hispanic-Anglosphere" (https://hispanic-anglosphere.com/public-history/online-exhibitions/a-sound-friendship-forged-in-war/). The meeting sparked questions and debates about the research agenda of the project which eventually contributed to shape it in a number of ways; it also generated a number of requests for further information about the Hispanic-Anglosphere and offers of assistance in our work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
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