Talk: Pandemics and global entrepreneurship

You are all most cordially invited to attend this event organized by the Modern History Research Centre (MHRC) of the University of Winchester. It will take place both in campus and online. The talk will be in English, the Q&A in both English and Spanish.

 Wednesday 17th November, 16:30-18:00 (UK time)

Pandemics and global entrepreneurship: a case from the Hispanic-Anglosphere

Speaker: Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers (University of Winchester)

St. Alphege Building (SAB) 004,

King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester

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As we grappled with the implications of the Covid-19 crisis on the global economy, it seems natural to turn to the past in search of clues and answers. This talk will explore the role played by pandemics in shaping the destiny of a man once described as ‘the richest commoner in England’ and the company that he directed: William ‘Guillermo’ Gibbs (1790–1875). Particular attention will be paid to his formative years in Spain and the measures he undertook hand-in-hand with his brother George Henry Gibbs to transform the family company Antony Gibbs & Sons into a global commercial powerhouse with permanent agents in Europe and the Americas – all before acquiring a spectacular country house near Bristol, Tyntesfield, now under the care of the National Trust. The discussion will be a follow up to one of the chapters in the recently published book Graciela Iglesias-Rogers, ed. The Hispanic-Anglosphere from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century – An Introduction (New York and London: Routledge, 2021) that emanated from the work of the international research network ‘The Hispanic-Anglosphere: transnational networks, global communities (late 18th-20th centuries)’ funded by the AHRC and the University of Winchester in partnership with the National Trust Tyntesfield. 

Chair and discussant: Professor Chris Aldous (University of Winchester).

This event is free and open to the public

For more information about the MHRC, please contact Professor Chris Aldous ( and/or Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers ( 

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