Cultural institutions in the UK

Spanish Consulate
Their website provides access to the Spanish Consulate in London, up-to-date information about Spain, visa requirements, latest Spanish news, and travel info on Spain.

Instituto Cervantes
This is the official Spanish Government Cultural Centre, promoting Spanish language teaching and knowledge of the cultures of the Spanish speaking countries throughout the world. The institute offers a wide range of cultural activities to complement their courses. Students at the Instituto Cervantes have free access to cultural activities: Spanish and Latin American films, talks, lectures, exhibitions and concerts. The Library, which has more than 20,000 volumes, houses a collection of books, periodicals, magazines, DVDs, videos, audio-tapes, slides, CDs and CD-ROMs specializing entirely in Spanish and Latin American language and culture. Its main UK centres are in Manchester and Leeds but it also has other branches, notably in London.

Canning House
This is the Hispanic and Luso-brazilian Council and Centre of Information which aims to increase understanding between Britain, Spain, Portugal and Latin America. It promotes business, educational and cultural interests of the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world. It also maintains a small library.

SLAS: The Society for Latin American Studies
The Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) is the principal association in the United Kingdom for those interested in the study of Latin American affairs. Its current membership numbers over 400, and includes academics, diplomats, journalists, and research analysts from business and non-governmental organizations. The Society organises an annual conference in March/April and sponsors other conferences and seminars.

Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA)
ISA provides resources to the wider academic community, serving and strengthening national networks of North Americanist, Latin Americanist and Caribbeanist scholars. The Institute actively maintains and builds ties with cultural, diplomatic and business organisations with interests in the Americas and, as part of the School of Advanced Study within the University of London, benefits from academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across and between a wide range of subject fields in the humanities and social sciences.

Postgraduates in Latin American Studies (PILAS)
PILAS is an organisation run by and for postgraduate students which aims to foster interaction amongst postgraduates working in the field of Latin American Studies in institutions of higher education throughout the UK, as well as those in Europe and the Americas.

Latin American Bureau (LAB)
This London-based NGO promotes knowledge about Latin America. It publishes well-respected books on the region and organises cultural events.

Joint Initiative for the Study Latin America and the Caribbean (JISLAC
This body administers a major British Academy grant which aims to strengthen the research community of Latin Americanists by promoting collaboration and the exchange of information and ideas. It supports workshops, seminars and conferences as well as postdoctoral research, and administers bursaries and travel grants.

Advisory Council on Latin American and Iberian Information Resources (ACLAIIR)
ACLAIIR provides information on libraries’ holdings in the Council’s fields of interest, and acts as a forum for discussion between librarians and users of Latin American and Iberian materials. The Council also examines possibilities of cooperation between libraries and individuals or bodies concerned with such materials.

Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland
The Association aims to promote scholarly research in Great Britain and Ireland into the study of the languages and cultures of the Iberian Peninsula (in particular Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and Galician), and also of those countries to which these languages and cultures have spread.

The Anglo-Catalan Society
The Anglo-Catalan Society exists to promote awareness and appreciation of Catalan culture in the British Isles and to encourage cultural relations between the two communities.

WISPS: Women in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
This is a group of colleagues doing research in feminist studies and the role of women in British Luso-hispanism.

Apsley House
This is famously known as No.1 London, home of the 1st Duke of Wellington and the London home of the Dukes of Wellington since 1817. Their art collection includes paintings, many of which belonged originally to the Spanish Royal Collection, by Velázquez, Goya, Rubens and many others.

Bowes Museum
This is a French museum holding an outstanding collection of European fine and decorative arts of the period 1400-1875, specializing in French and Spanish paintings.

Consejería de Educación en el Reino Unido e Irlanda
This is the official site of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of the Spanish Government.

Royal Academy of Arts
This is an independent fine arts institution that has the oldest fine arts library and archive, including a picture library which holds a Permanent Collection comprising examples of British art from the 18th century to the present day.

Warburg Institute
This institute aims to further the study of the classical tradition of European thought, literature, art and institutions. It houses an archive, library and a photographic collection. Though its library is particularly renown for its German and Italian collections, it also holds items of interest for scholars in Hispanic Studies, particularly in the area of Medieval Spanish Philosophy. 

ARTES
This is an association which aims to raise awareness and understanding of Iberian and Latin American art. Based in the UK and Ireland, it has members throughout Europe and in America.

UK Council for Area Studies Associations (UKCASA)
An umbrella body for Area Studies programmes in higher education, UKCASA acts to promote the regional approach to study, to develop collaboration and to encourage interdisciplinary research and teaching.