The Great Spanish Exile of 1823 – LECTURE

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Date / time: 24 November, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Instituto Cervantes London & Online

The Great Spanish Exile of 1823 - LECTURE


The Instituto Cervantes in London is delighted to welcome Dr Gregorio Alonso (University of Leeds), Dr Jesús Sanjurjo (University of Cambridge), and Prof Catherine Davies (University of London) to explore ‘The Great Spanish Exile of 1823’.

After two decades of intense Anglo-Spanish conflict and close collaboration, the Liberal experiment in Iberia ended abruptly. In September 1823, the Liberal exodus to London began. One thousand Spanish families sought and found asylum there, and a further four hundred would also settle on the Channel Islands over the decade. In the English capital, most of them lived in the suburb of Somers Town, in the area of Euston-Saint Pancras, where a tightly knit community developed quickly. The majority of the refugees were military officers, but also among them were noted intellectuals, politicians, and skilled workers. Many were highly educated and put their minds to writing, translating, and publishing to make a living. Some of the most prominent Liberal politicians and essayists of the time actively participated in a wave of new intellectual activity catalyzed by London’s vibrant political and cultural life. London became a central hub for Spanish-speaking intellectuals from Spain and the Americas during this time.

This event is organised by the Embassy of Spain to The United Kingdom and the Instituto Cervantes London. More information and free registration: