News, Events & Reports

29 November BOLTON

Friends Meeting House, 50 Silverwell Street, Bolton BL1 1PP, 19:00- 21:00

Basque Children of Watermillock

You are invited to come along to hear about the Basque children who stayed in Bolton to avoid Franco's devastating bombing.

Planning is underway to add a plaque to the outside of the Watermillock, which is a pub/restaurant, with information inside.

For more information contact Lisa Croft on Facebook.

Las últimas andereños del exilio inglés

Gregorio Arrien

A short article by Gregorio Arrien appeared recently here in Euskal Kultura.

A note on Fr Gregorio Arrien by Carmen Kilner …

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 …

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 …

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 10, November 2008

Remembering Leah Manning

by Natalia Benjamin

Newsletter 10, November 2008, page 8

"… the Duchess of Atholl … asked Leah Manning … to go to Bilbao to organise an evacuation of children to Britain from the war zone …"

Read the full article here …

… an article you may have missed:

Basque refugees at Rycotewood (Thame)
by Diana Gulland
Read the full article here …

… and from our photo gallery:

The Oaks, Carshalton

Outdoor class. The colony 'The Oaks', Carshalton, with maestra Ana Maria González.

Latest eNotice

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 Carmen Kilner

by John Simmons

by Karen Robson, Head of Archives, University of Southampton

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

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