City of Spies: WWII Lisbon to the 1974 Carnation Revolution with Ian Sumpter

City of Spies: WWII Lisbon to the 1974 Carnation Revolution with Ian Sumpter


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In this conversation, we will dive into the murky waters of wartime Lisbon, and explore the rise and fall of Salazar's dictatorship ending with the 'Carnation Revolution' on the 25th April 1975.

Lisbon played a pivotal role in WWII despite not a single gun being fired here. It was both the route for Jewish refugees and a resting place for tonnes of Nazi gold. It was also a fertile playground for some of the greatest and most duplicitous spies of the age, including Popov, Ian Fleming (of James Bond fame), and the British traitor and double agent "Kim" Philby.

Led by archaeologist Ian Sumpter, we'll explore this lesser-known side of Lisbon in an interactive seminar. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of war and post-war Lisbon and characters such as Salazar.

Born in Liverpool in the North of England, Ian was raised around the historic docks of the city where a love of Maritime history was born. He went on to study Archaeological sciences with the aim of specializing in Marine archaeology. His four years of the study saw him divert from his original aim and concentrate Urbanization in the Ancient world. Working as an archaeologist for a number of years across Italy, the UK and South Asia, Ian has spent 13 years working in total working as a tour guide in Rome before the lure of the sea and sunshine brought him to Lisbon where he continues to research the urban landscape and the city's vital relationship with the sea.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.