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A historical perspective on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Living as we are under the shadow of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), a finding in the archives that challenges assumptions about the exact place of birth of William Gibbs, founder of the National Trust Tyntesfield and leading figure in the Hispanic-Anglosphere has acquired an unexpected, yet also prescient meaning.

Read all about it in ‘Key Locations: the birthplace of William Gibbs in Madrid’ – the latest addition to our ongoing online exhibition ‘Exploring the Hispanic-Anglosphere’.

Keep calm, wash your hands and enjoy!

The British Isles – hub of radicalism

We are back with three intriguing and thought-provoking profiles of key Individuals in the Hispanic-Anglosphere.  The articles penned by our colleague Arturo Zoffmann-Rodriguez offer valuable insights into a world marked by intense radicalism, political exile, cultural experimentation and solidarity networks with the British Isles as its centre in the years leading to the threshold of the twentieth century.

You can learn now all about the activities of the Cuban-born free-thinker Fernando Tarrida del Mármol (1861-1915), the trade union activist Pedro Vallina Martínez (1879-1970) and Teresa Claramunt Creus (1862-1931), a leading writer in Freedom, the flagship publication of the London anarchists in the 1890s.

If you have not heard from us for a while is mainly because we are busy working on a contracted edited book, but we are still trying to find time to get the word out about the project (ex. only a couple of weeks ago we shared a platform in an event in Canning House entitled ‘Forgotten Histories’) – and we have other profiles and more panels in our online exhibition ‘Exploring the Hispanic-Anglosphere’ in the pipeline, so keep tuned!

National flower of Chile found at Tyntesfield

Don’t miss the latest addition to our online exhibition  all about one of the first  – if not the first – artistic depictions of the national flower of Chile, the copihue, discovered by one of our colleagues in the walls of NT Tyntesfield, the country residency established by William ‘Guillermo’ Gibbs (1790-1875) near Bristol, UK.

The finding got also a mention in the August-September National Trust Inspire podcast ( ) where the work of our AHRC-University of Winchester research network project The Hispanic-Anglosphere … in general featured highly. In fact, we served as ‘bait’ for the whole programme… so if you want to avoid the self-proclaimed clichéd presentation (which sadly also reduced the whole of the Hispanic world to Iberian Spain) and other items, we would suggest to just start listening from 40:00 in the track.


Dissidents’ dead end: help to uncover the story

Check the latest addition to the series of ‘Key Locations’ of our online exhibition where Prof. Manuel Llorca-Jaña traces the troubled origins of the Dissidents Cemetery’ in Valparaiso, Chile. While so doing, he identified a number of individuals of Scottish, Irish and perhaps also English origin about whom there is still much to discover.

If you think that you have information that could help us to reveal their life stories, please drop us an email (!

The exhibition Exploring the Hispanic-Anglosphere”  is one of the outcomes of the international research network project ‘The Hispanic-Anglosphere: transnational networks, global communities (late 18-early 20th century) funded by the AHRC in partnership with the National Trust-Tyntesfield and currently under the curatorship of the project’s Principal Investigator Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers.

The information throughout the exhibition has been peer-reviewed and it is based on disclosed and verifiable sources.  There is no prescribed route to the visit, but if you are in a hurry, you can start by clicking  HERE  .When you are done with that panel, simply click on the message ‘the exhibition continues> to go through the rest of the exhibition.

‘Transition’ – Full videos, podcast and reports now available

Just click HERE to get the full podcast and videos accompanied by brief guiding reports prepared by our publicity officer Charles Ball of the public conversation entitled Transition: tips and ideas from the Hispanic-Anglosphere (late 18th – early 20th centuriesthat we held on Saturday 11th May 2019 at the Winchester Cathedral’s Wessex Center.

The event was organized by the Modern History Research Centre of the University of Winchester and our international research network The Hispanic-Anglosphere: transnational networks, global communities.


Translations in the Hispanic-Anglosphere – this Friday @ the University of Manchester

The Principal Investigator of our international research network, Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers has been invited to give a keynote speech at Rethinking (Self)Translation in (Trans)national Contexts, a one-day conference at the University of Manchester this coming Friday.  The meeting aims to create an interdisciplinary space of discussion and analysis of the concept of (self-)translation and its political, sociological and ideological power.  Fittingly, the title of her address is ‘Translation and (Self)Translation in the Hispanic-Anglosphere: an interdisciplinary approach‘.

The talk is scheduled for 2pm, but the event is due to start at 9 am in the Conference Room C1.18, Ellen Wilkinson Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA. For a complete agenda and to book your free entrance ticket, visit:

‘From Madrid to Tyntesfield: A story of love, loss and legacy’

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You can discover as from today in situ the Hispanic history of Tyntesfield, the spectacular National Trust property near Bristol through the exhibition From Madrid to Tyntesfield: A story of love, loss and legacy that tells the story of William Gibb’s fortune in the global Hispanic world. Drawing from our network’s last year pilot experience, this initiative is the result of the hard work and exquisite attention to detail of our fellow member Susan Hayward, curator of the National Trust for Bristol and Tyntesfield and her team of committed assistants, most of them volunteers.

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.

There will be ongoing displays within the house, seasonal events, new dishes on the menu and an autumn enlarged exhibition planned to last for at least two years and with a view to be periodically updated with new findings from our own research.

So make time to visit Tyntesfield and follow this site for further developments!

Photos and text: Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers, Principal Investigator of ‘The Hispanic-Anglosphere: transnational networks, global communities (late 18th-20th centuries)’   international research network funded by the AHRC and the University of Winchester in partnership with the National Trust Tyntesfield.