Association forthcoming events

Monday 28 January WORTHING

Beach House, Brighton Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 2EJ 11am-12noon

Rededication of restored plaque at site of Beach House colony.
Unveiling by Mayor of Worthing, followed by refreshments.

10 years have lapsed since the original plaque was unveiled and it was in very poor condition. Worthing Borough Council have just had it restored, at their expense, and it is due to be unveiled on Monday 28 January between 11-12 together with the other 2 plaques on Beach House. Afterwards Mr and Mrs Richards are kindly hosting coffee/drinks in their apartment, The Ayrton Suite.

Anyone with links to this colony, or who lives locally and has links to BCA'37 UK is invited to attend. If you wish to attend please contact Mascha Richards
Tel: 01903-214519

Thursday 31 January - Wednesday 20 March SALFORD

WCML 51 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX, telephone: 0161 736 3601

Guernica Remakings, Exhibition

Though not directly about the Basque children, we think that this may be of interest to you.

More information here

Friday 22 February BOLTON

Bolton Socialist Club, 16 Wood Street, Bolton BL1 1DY, 7.00pm

Basque Children in Bolton - The Watermillock Colony

Talk by Simon Martinez

Thursday 7 March LONDON

Instituto Cervantes de Londres, 15-19 Devereux Court, London WC2R 3JT (nearest tube Temple/Holborn) — time to be announced

The Basque Children - The end of the Spanish Civil War and the beginning of the exile for the Niños

Talk by Dr Peter Anderson (University of Leeds)

Wednesday 13 March SALFORD

WCML 51 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX, telephone 0161 736 3601, 2 - 4pm

Guernica Remakings

Talk by Nicola Ashmore (curator of the exhibition — see details above)

More information here

Monday 18 March - Friday 5 April LEEDS

Leeds Central Library, Municipal Buildings, Calverley Street,
Leeds LS1 3AB

The Basque Children, Exhibition

Thursday 28 March LEEDS

Leeds Central Library, Municipal Buildings, Calverley Street,
Leeds LS1 3AB

Talk by Prof Paul Preston (further information to follow)

Thursday 28 March LEEDS

University of Leeds (further information to follow)

The End of the Spanish Civil War - eighty years on

An afternoon of talks to include Simon Martinez, BCA'37UK and Dr Scott Soo, University of Southampton.

News, Events & Reports

Article about Leah Manning

Here is a link to a further article about Leah Manning by Gregorio Arrien that appeared recently in the Basque newspaper Deia:

Las últimas andereños del exilio inglés

Gregorio Arrien

This article by Gregorio Arrien appeared recently on the Euskal Kultura web site.

This brief note by Carmen Kilner explains some of the background on Fr Gregorio Arrien …

A Life for Education — A Celebration of Leah Manning

Report by Carmen Kilner

Includes links to: a video that was shown, a Basque television report by EITB and the Homerton Collection of works by Coqué Martínez.

The Basque Children. The English Exile

Leah Manning

Instituto Cervantes, Manchester have produced a short video about their recent exhibition held and organised in collaboration with Simon Martinez of BCA'37 UK.

See also report by Barbara Coombs, below.

Report on the event by Barbara Coombs

The kindness of Strangers

Maite Pinto figures

Maite Pinto, who has been studying for Master's degree in Fine Art, was recently awarded the prize of "Young Contemporary Creation" at Saint Jean Pied de Port (France) for her project "The kindness of Strangers" which was exhibited earlier in the year at Castlefield Gallery (more details here)

We have received a delightful letter from Maite that can be read here.

We send her our warmest congratulations.

Review by Simon Martinez

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 …

Report by Simon Martinez

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 …

For other recently posted and older notices, click here.


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 12, November 2009

How I befriended Pirmin Trecu and other Basques

by Fay Jacobsen (née Donaldson)

Newsletter 12, November 2009, page 7

Memories of the dancer Pirmin Trecu and others at Shornell colony …"

Read the full article here …

… from articles about the Worthing Colony you may have missed:

Bilbao to Beach House (1), Worthing Gazette June 1937
Read the full article here …

Bilbao to Beach House (2), Worthing Gazette June 1937
Read the full article here …

… and "Can you help us?":

At Stoneham Camp

I was recently given this photograph (click on the image to display a larger version) taken at North Stoneham camp. Unfortunately I forgot to record who gave it to me. If it was you or if you can identify any people in the photo please contact me at

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Articles & Reviews

by Adrian Blazquez Lindblad
This undergraduate dissertation was submitted to us for publication on our website by Adrian Blazquez Lindblad - who then went on to be awarded a first class degree.

by John Simmons

by Karen Robson, Head of Archives, University of Southampton

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