In 1937, during the Spanish civil war, a group of almost 4,000 children was evacuated from Bilbao in the Basque region of Spain. They embarked from Santurce, Bilbao, on the 'Habana' on Friday 21st May and dropped anchor at Fawley, at the entrance to Southampton Water, on Saturday evening. The following morning, Sunday 23rd, they docked at Southampton.

Initially accommodated in a large camp at North Stoneham, Eastleigh, they were eventually dispersed to many 'colonies' throughout the country.

Our main aim is to remember and preserve the story of these children, the niños vascos, in its proper historical context.

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Account of the unveiling of the blue plaque at Almondbury, Huddersfield.

Carmen Kilners writes, "On 29 November 2013 we placed our eighth blue plaque at the Old Clergy House, Almondbury, Huddersfield. This colony was home to 20 Basque boys from 28th July 1937 to 22nd June 1939."

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A Suitable Climate

Peter O'Brien has informed us that he has brought out a second edition of his book "A Suitable Climate" about Hutton Hall colony in Guisborough.

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Reports from the 2013 Annual General Meeting
Minutes Secretary's Report Treasurer's Report Annual Report & Accounts Association Changes

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By Natalia Benjamin

By Natalia Benjamin

2011 BC'37A UK Annual Lecture, given by Nick Rankin