Once upon a time: The old blandy’s wine lodge — property management and business strategies in madeira (1811–1855)

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António José Marques Silva


This paper deals with the strategies of property management developed by John Blandy, a British citizen who founded a family company bearing his name, prospering as a wine shipper and general trader. The analysis of different kinds of sources from Portuguese archives made it possible to understand how this businessman of the early 1800s took advantage of real estate opportunities in Funchal (Madeira Island) throughout his life. His legacy provided the material conditions to ensure the continuity of the firm in the long term, including its historical headquarters in Rua de São Francisco, known today as the Old Blandy’s Wine Lodge.


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Silva, A. J. M. (2023). Once upon a time: The old blandy’s wine lodge — property management and business strategies in madeira (1811–1855). Herança, 6(2 In press). https://doi.org/10.52152/heranca.v6i2.656
Author Biography

António José Marques Silva, University of Madeira, Campus of Penteada, Funchal, Portugal

My formation area was initially archaeology and it’s in this perspective that I had my first contact with the heritage arena. During many years, I maintained a constant dialogue with other disciplinary areas like computer sciences, physics, environmental sciences, archaeogeography and ethnology but always with an archaeological outlook.

After my PhD thesis, I focused my interest on food heritage as a postdoctoral researcher funded by the Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology. I studied the link between food heritage, cultural dynamics and identity in the Mediterranean. This investigation has changed radically my point of view about this subject and my approach is now not archaeological but rather interdisciplinary, at the crossroads of historical sciences and social sciences.

In the last years, I started to study the food heritage of Madeira too, focusing the connections with the Mediterranean area.


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