80th Anniversary year of the end of Spanish Civil War
A year of exile and repatriation

The 2019 Natalia Benjamin Prize

Has been awared to: Joshua Burns of the University of Southampton

"The 'Basques' in Britain: An examination of refugee children's agency and identity formation through self-produced journals Amistad and Cambria House Journal"

Read the judges' comments here …   and the winning essay here …

Association forthcoming events

19 January 2020 LEICESTER

Secular Hall, 75 Humblestone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WB at 18.30

Talk to Leicester Secular Society 'The Guernica Children - refugees from the Spanish Civil War' by Simon Martinez. Further information at:

Museum Childhood Ireland January in DERRY/LONDONDERRY

18 July 2019 - July 2020 IRELAND & NORTHERN IRELAND
Museum of Childhood Ireland Project presents the 2nd exhibition in their series 'Children in War': The Basque Children of '37.

Next venues: February - Belfast, March - Warrenpoint
More dates and details will be posted here when available.

News, Events & Reports

Herminio Martínez

Herminio Martínez

We regret to announce the death of Herminio Martínez aged 89 years. We send our deepest condolences to his family at this time.

The family will arrange a memorial for him in the spring, probably in London. Further details will be posted here when available.

More details here …

A Tribute to Herminio Martinez from the Association
can be read here …

Mirella Primavera Santamaría Bonilla MBE


Mirella Primavera Santamaría Bonilla MBE, the daughter of niño Luis Santamaría, passed away on 5 October 2019.

Luis Ángel Santamaría's obituary and tribute to his sister can be read here …

Wherstead Park on 'Great British Railway Journeys'

Wednesday 22nd January on BBC2 at 6.30pm.

Watch this episode of 'Great British Railway Journeys' that visits Wherstead Park, Ipswich, and features Ed Packard, Paco Robles and Carmen Kilner.

After the transmission it will be available on BBC iPlayer.

Juanita Vaquer


We are sad to announce the death of Juanita Vaquer. We send our deepest condolences her family and friends.

She died peacefully on Jan. 3, 2020. She was 91.

The funeral will be held on Friday 24 January at 2.15pm at Breakspear Crematorium, Ruislip.

More details here …

Narciso Lobato


We are saddened to report the death of Narciso Lobato and send our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

The funeral will be held on Monday 27th January at 1.45pm at Reading Crematorium. If you wish to attend, or for further details please contact Narciso's daughter, Ros, on 07801 323113.

More details here …

Father Gregorio Arrien Berrojaetxebarria

Gregorio Arrien

It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the death of Father Gregorio Arrien Berrojaetxebarria aged 83 in Amorebieta-Etxano on December 13th.

More details here …

More from Spanish and Basque newspapers here …

Symposium held 5,6 December at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Report by Barbara Coombs

Teaching Pack for Secondary Schools

The Peace Museum of Gernika, has published this resource, which could be of interest to Spanish teachers. More information here …

Exposición: Somos refugios Compromiso con el desafío

Octubre 2019 - octubre 2020, MADRID

Misión Salesianas. Calle Lisboa, 4 Moncloa-Aravaca, Madrid

Visitas se realizan de lunes a viernes previa cita, llamando al 914551720 o escribiendo a museo@misionessalesianas.org.

Leer mas …

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 …

Latest eNotice

From the Archives

Newsletter 7, April 2007, p1
Newsletter 7, Apr 2007, p 1

Launch of new website

by Carmen Kilner

Read the full article here …

… an article you may have missed:

"The Thornycroft Family and the Basque Refugee children"
by Anna Cordon

Read the full article here …

… North Stoneham 1937:

Local ladies who volunteered to help with the laundry.

Articles & Reviews

by Dr Edward Packard
[Blog for the University of Southampton Special Collections 'user perspectives' series]

View more articles here …

View more event reports here …