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Gernikako Lobak

Gernikako Lobak

1 November, MANCHESTER
Instituto Cervantes — Salón de Actos,
326-330 Deansgate, Campfield Avenue Arcade, Manchester M3 4FN, 18.30 - 20.00 pm

A cultural initiative by the grandchildren of the survivors of the bombing of Guernica.
Talk in English.

More details …

Review by Simon Martinez

Report on the event by Barbara Coombs

The 4,000 Basque refugee children evacuated
to Britain in May 1937

Some of the Children

Refugee History is an important initiative by the University of East Anglia providing a platform ranging from academic research to personal experience relating to refugees of the past and of the present. (Please read more here.)

We were invited to contribute an article which they have published on their blog. Read it here …

Exhibition of BCA'37 UK posters

15 - 29 October, EDINBURGH

Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Ave, Edinburgh EH15 1AU

Newspaper article about Na-Mara and
Basque children

In Bradford Argus here …

The Basque Children. The English Exile

The Habana

Instituto Cervantes - Salón de Actos, 326-330 Deansgate, Campfield Avenue Arcade M3 4FN Manchester

Instituto Cervantes Manchester in collaboration with BCA'37 UK — the Association for the UK Basque Children, presents this monographic exhibition - a project which explores the history of the 4,000 children who were evacuated from Bilbao to the United Kingdom in 1937 onboard the SS Habana.

The exhibition runs from 27 Sep 2018 to 12 Nov 2018,
Mon - Fri, 10.00 am - 8.00 pm.
The opening event is on 27 September at 18:30 - free entry, but booking recommended.

More details here …

Report by Simon Martinez

Report by María Dolores Power

Photo Article: "Basque Children of '37"

Agati photo

By Gianluca Urdiroz Agati.

During the Spanish Civil War many parents sent their children away from the country to save them from war … This series of photographs focuses on those who decided to stay in England for the rest of their lives.

More details here …

Report by Barbara Coombs and Simon Martinez

A new book — "The Moon is Red"

The Moon is Red

By Myrddin ap Dafydd (translated from the Welsh).

Continuing our Welsh theme, here is information about a new historic novel for young adults which includes the history of the Bilbao blockade and the Basque children refugees in North Wales. We hope it will be of interest to you.

Myrddin ap Dafydd was the first Children's Poet Laureate in Wales (2000-2001). More details here …

Homerton College, Cambridge

Art work by José María Martínez-Coqué

This year marks the 250th anniversary (1768-2018) of the founding of Homerton College, Cambridge.

This is of particular interest to those interested in the evacuation of the Basque children from Bilbao for two reasons.

Read more here …

That Was Then, But This is Now - Travels in Spain.

That Was Then, But This is Now

Advanced notice of a new book by Andy Grigg, which contains a chapter on niños de la guerra.

This book compares and contrasts the experience of travelling in Spain as a young twenty something man with the experience of travelling as a married, family man.

It is part memoir and part travel guide, looking at the experience of travel through the eyes of the same person, visiting many of the same places, but in two different time periods - 1984 and 2016/17.

More details …

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In 1937, during the Spanish civil war, almost 4,000 children were evacuated to the UK from Bilbao. Read more …

At first they stayed in a camp at Stoneham and later in colonies throughout the UK. Read more …

We want to remember and preserve the story of these niños de la guerra in their rightful context. Read more …

From the Archives

From Newsletter 9, April 2008
Newsletter 9, April 2008, pages 1 & 2

Stalin and the Spanish gold

by Colin Carritt

"Did Stalin expropriate the Spanish gold reserves during the Spanish Civil War or were his motives towards the Republic more honourable? … In fact, according to Ángel Viñas, … Moscow behaved quite properly in its handling of the Spanish gold reserves …"

Read the full article here …

… an article you may have missed:

A Brief History of Aldridge Lodge
by Lynne Ingram
Read the full article here …

… and from our photo gallery:

Memorias Collection

North Stoneham camp — the Horlicks tent

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Articles & Reviews

by John Simmons

by Karen Robson, Head of Archives, University of Southampton

by Meirian Jump
[Published in Oxoniensia, Vol LLXXII, 2007]

by Isabella Brown
An undergraduate dissertation submitted to the Department of History - Durham University and published with the permission of the author and of the University.
[Isabella is now a graduate - our congratulations!]

Review by María Dolores Power

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