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

Association forthcoming events

Monday 1 April - Tuesday 30 April GUERNICA

The Astra Arts Centre, Guernica, Spain

Exhibition: The Basque Children.

A joint exhibition by BCA'37UK and Maite Pinto.

Each year in April the city of Guernica commemorates the terrible bombing which occurred on the twenty-sixth of that month in 1937. This year is the eighty second anniversary of the events …
More information …

Wednesday 25 September - Friday 29 November SALFORD

Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX

Exhibition: Basque Children - Refugees of the Spanish Civil War.

Opening times Wednesdays to Fridays 1pm - 5 pm and the first Saturday of most months 10 am - 4 pm. Tel 0161 736 3601. Opening event on Wednesday 25 September - details nearer the time.

News, Events & Reports

Report by Barbara Coombs

Tuesday 18 June 2019, 7:30–10:00pm

Mill Road History Society

Through words and music, Rob Garcia (the son of a niño) and Paul McNamara, the folk du Na-Mara, will tell the story of the "Basque children". Details here …

Tickets are £8 in advance here or £10 on the door (if available).

Dora Pandal Gimeno

Dora Pandal Gimeno

We have just been informed that Dora Pandal Gimeno passed away on Saturday 30th of March 2019 some of her family being with her at the Zorroaga Nursing home in San Sebastian-Donostia.

More details here …

SS Habana leaving Santurce

We have been sent this fascinating link which, among other things, shows a short footage made from one of the Bous (Republican armed fishing boats), of the SS Habana leaving Santurce on May 21st 1937. The link is at the beginning of the second paragraph where it says En este video. More information here …

Mi padre - un Niño de la Guerra

Rob García presenta una charla sobre Los Niños Vascos - Club Hispánico de Hillingdon.
Jueves 2 de mayo, 2019, 19.45, £3.00.

More details here …

or by email here: hillingdonspanishclub@gmail.com

The Retirada

An interesting article from the Guardian on the Retirada - which affected the families of many of the Basque niños de la guerra.: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/09/franco-spain-refugees-haunted-by-the-past-retirada?CMP=share_btn_link

Report by Simon Martinez

Report by Edward Packard

Report by Barbara Coombs

28th January Beach House, WORTHING

Beach house plaque

The rededication and unveiling of the renovated blue plaque commemorating the Basque children's stay at Beach House.

A report of the event by Meirian Jump can be read here.

Press reports: The Worthing Herald report here, and: The Worthing Society report here.

Photos of the event can also be found in our gallery here.

El niño vasco de Mansilla de las Mulas

Paco Robles, a niño, has been in the news recently following the publication and launch of a book about his life and memories by the Asturian author Miguel Ángel Fernández.

More information at these web sites:

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 15, May 2011

Visit to Guipuzcoa

by Carmen Kilner.

Newsletter 15 May 2011, page 3 Read the full article here …

… and an article you may have missed:

The Repatriation of the Basque Children by Gerald Hoare and Simon Martinez.

Read the full article here …

… and a photo from back then:

April 1939 - repatriation

April 1939 - repatriation
(click for further information)

With kind permission of Southworth Collection, Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego

From Other Archives

North Stoneham camp

Heart of Humanity Camp

'Heart of Humanity Camp', by a 'John Bull' Investigator
John Bull, 5th. June, 1937
Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. Read it here …
[Note the link just below the reproduction which links to a transcript.]

A telegram from Leah Manning, dated 2 May 1937.

Leah Manning telegram
View this in full here …

[BCA’37 UK gratefully acknowledge the permission of Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick for use of the image.]

Latest eNotice

Articles & Reviews

by Peter Anderson

by Mike Levy

by Gregorio Arrien

por José Luis Duo Goldaracena

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