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

Association forthcoming events

15 June to 16 July LONDON

Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, London EC1 4NB

Exhibition and events for adults and children: The Basque Children
— the story of the Child Refugees from the Spanish Civil War

Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm (Closed Wednesday & Sunday)

Telephone: 0207 527 3235. NOTE: Some events need booking

Full details here …

16 July LONDON

Marx Memorial Library, 27a Clerkenwell Green LONDON EC1R 0DU

Storytelling adventure: finding a safe home

This event for families and children under 5s accompanies our joint exhibition at Islington Museum with the Association for the Basque Children of the UK on 15 June - 16 July (see above).

Sessions 10.00 - 10.45am and 10.45 - 11.30am.

More information and tickets here …

Thursday 18 July DUBLIN

European Commission DUBLIN. Europe House, 12-14 Mount Street Lower, Dublin D02 W710

Museum Childhood Ireland
The Museum of Childhood Ireland Project presents:
The Basque Children of '37 Exhibition

Please note change of start time.

5:30 - 8:00pm Exhibition launch event. Viewing of the exhibition, refreshments, showing of The Guernica Children and panel discussion (will include Adrian Bell, Gisela Holfter, Stewart Reddin and Carmen Kilner). Entrance is free.

More details & ticket booking here …

Thursday 18 July 2019 - July 2020 IRELAND

Museum Childhood Ireland
Various venues — see programme below

The Museum of Childhood Ireland Project (MCI Project) presents:
The Basque Children of '37 Exhibition.

This is the 2nd in the series of MCI Projects traveling exhibitions on
Children in War.

The tour will start:
Thurs 18 July - mid August, European Commission, DUBLIN
Sat 17 August - mid Sept, CORK City Library (inc. Heritage Week 2019)
Tues 17 September - mid October, GALWAY City Library

This will be followed by a month each at other city libraries including: Co. Mayo, Co. Leitrim, and Derry and Belfast Central Libraries in January and February 2020.

Other venues, dates and details will be announced on the web and in the eNotices when available. Other venues, dates and details will be announced on the web and in the eNotices when available.

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

BCA'37 UK Undergraduate Essay Prizes
Premios de ensayo de pregrado BCA'37 UK
BCA'37 UK lizentziatuen sariak

The Association is keen to encourage original research into the chapter of history with which we are involved and so this year, 2019, we are inaugurating two undergraduate essay prizes, one for English speakers another for Spanish/Basque speakers. Further details below.

La Asociación está interesada en fomentar la investigación original en el capítulo de historia con el que estamos involucrados y, por lo tanto, este año, 2019, convocamos dos premios de ensayo para trabajos de licenciatura, uno para trabajos redactados en inglés y otro en euskara o castellano. Más detalles a continuación.

Elkarteak parte hartzen ari garen historiari buruzko kapituluari buruzko ikerketa originalak bultzatu nahi ditu, eta, beraz, aurtengo 2019an bi saiakuntza sari lizentziatuentzat gonbokatzen ditugu, bat ingeles eta bestea euskaraz edo gaztelaniaz idatzitako lanentzat. Jarraian xehetasun gehiago.

The Natalia Benjamin Prize (English speakers)

El Premio BCA'37 UK (hispano/euskera hablantes)

Any queries contact carmen@basquechildren.org

News, Events & Reports

Report by Simon Martinez

Report by Simon Martinez

Film screening: Syria's Disappeared:
The case against Assad and Disappeared

6 July LANCASTER, 2.00pm

To be shown at the Lancaster Priory, Priory Close, Lancaster, LA1 1YZ

The Invisible War of Syria, presented by the Children's War Museum: www.childrens-war-museum.co.uk

Many of you may remember that Brian Devlin has helped us set up several exhibitions and events whilst struggling to establish the Children's War Museum. It is now a reality online - its aim is to show the adverse effect that war has on children. Most of the museum's work centres on children who today are experiencing similar traumatic times to those suffered by the Basque Children in 1937.

IBMT Annual Commemoration

6 July LONDON Jubilee Gardens, London Southbank

To be held 1pm-2pm at the International Brigade memorial: music, spoken word and remembrance. It will be followed by an informal get-together at the nearby Camel & Artichoke, 122 Lower Marsh Street, London SE1 7AE.

For more information contact: secretary@international-brigades.org and at www.international-brigades.org.uk/#facebook

El exilio vasco tras la Guerra Civil

17 June - 23 September BILBAO

Exhibition: Mondays to Fridays. More information here …

Spanish Crossings at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

11 August, EDINBURGH 3.30pm

John Simmons will be talking about his book.

This year's festival has quite a strong Basque thread. Details about John's event here … and About the whole programme here …

Report by Carmen Kilner

Documentation Centre of the Guernica Peace Museum

We have recently received a reminder about the searchable content on the museum's web site.

The site contains many relevant reports, documents and books. The main objective of the Documentation Center is to disseminate all information regarding the bombing of Gernika, the history of the Gernika-Lumo, the Spanish Civil War and the exile: compiled from different archives of Euskadi, the state and abroad.

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

From Newsletter 2, Sep 2004

Laurie Lee in Spain

Newsletter 2 September 2004, pages 2 and 3

Dr Richard Baxell gave a fascinating lecture on the writings of Laurie Lee: "Laurie Lee in the International Brigades: Writer or Fighter"

Read the full article by Alan Warren here …

… an article you may have missed:

"What were the British motivations for and against receiving Basque refugees during the Spanish Civil War?"
by Gary Willis (submitted as part of his MRes in Historical Research, University of London)
Read the full article here …

… a photo from June 1937:

Mass at North Stoneham

Mass being celebrated at North Stoneham. Many of the children, but by no means all, were from practicing Roman Catholic families.

[Shown with kind permission of TOPFOTO — www.topfoto.co.uk]

Articles & Reviews

by Peter Anderson

by Mike Levy

by Gregorio Arrien

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