Algarve History Association

The Algarve History Association (AHA) aims to promote interest in Portuguese culture and history using the English language as the main medium. There is an increasing number of non-Anglophones at Association presentations, and the Association seeks to widen its language base.  The organisation is non-profit making and presentations are made on a voluntary basis. The Association charges no membership fee, nor is there is any charge to attend presentations, although there is provision for voluntary monetary donations to cover the costs of managing the Association and to contribute towards the expenses of guest speakers. The organisers of the Association keep in touch with members by email, and use email to make potential attenders aware of future events.  Events sponsored by the Association are open to all members of the public; and any member of the public with an interest and an ability to present their specialist cultural or historical knowledge may contact us to participate in the annual programme, which runs from September to June inclusive.

Peter Booker

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Peter Booker was a Foundation Exhibitioner at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he obtained his degree in Modern History and he also has an MBA from the Open University.  He took a break from history with his 30 year career as a Human Resource Manager with the National Coal Board, latterly British Coal.  Peter has given over 200 lectures, regularly in Tavira and Lagoa and occasionally in São Brás, Elvas, Lisbon, Porto, Hedingham Castle and the Cavalry and Guards Club in London.

Lynne Booker

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Lynne has a BA in Geography, M Ed in Education Management, MA in Psychology and Counselling, and a PGCE.   In her last job as Headteacher in a community secondary school, she also managed an EU funded project for cultural, economic and social regeneration.  Here in the Algarve, she spent three years establishing the Amigos do Museu do Trajo Algarvio in São Brás.  Since then she has been writing articles on history and managing the Algarve History Association.

Upcoming Events


On Sunday 2nd July, Algarve History Association (AHA) will hold its last event of the 2022/23 season with the customary Students' Concert.  This concert allows our audience to assess the progress of those young people who performed for us last year, and to give their support to students performing in public for perhaps the first time. 

This annual concert gives further support to the Conservatório Regional do Algarve Maria Campina in Faro, where each of these youngsters is a student.  AHA has been a supporter now for some years of the students at the Conservatório, and we are keen to continue to offer support to those youngsters who may need it. 

Performing for us this year before the interval will be two thirteen year-olds, Vasco Cavaca and Richard Rait; and after the interval the older Angélica Ryzhak, Margarida Chen and Vasco Barradas. 

Between them, they will play works by Bach, Haydn, Grieg, Richardson, Pierne, Luis Costa, Moskovski, Glinka-Balakirev, Liszt and Borodin-Gryaznov.

The concert begins at 17:00 at Quintinha da Música.  Reservations at €20 are available from Peter on peterbooker1347@gmail.com.

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