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Recently uploaded … Brief history of Aldridge Lodge, Walsall - by Lynne Ingram
In 1937, during the Spanish civil war, a group of almost 4,000 children was evacuated from Bilbao in the Basque region of Spain. They embarked from Santurce, Bilbao, on the 'Habana' on Friday 21st May and dropped anchor at Fawley, at the entrance to Southampton Water, on Saturday evening. The following morning, Sunday 23rd, they docked at Southampton.
Initially accommodated in a large camp at North Stoneham, Eastleigh, they were eventually dispersed to many 'colonies' throughout the country.
Our main aim is to remember and preserve the story of these children, the niños vascos, in its proper historical context.
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News & Forthcoming Events
28 March 2015
Arturo Barea: From Civil War Madrid to Exile in Oxfordshire
Talk by William Chislett. Introduced by Harry Eyres.
Part of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival
Bodleian: Divinity School
12 - 28 February 2015
Dance Theatre: The Typist
Glasgow, Inverness, Stornoway, Musselburgh, Cumbernauld & Edinburgh
A captivating piece of dance theatre, narrated by Alexei Sayle, featuring renowned dancers Kerieva McCormick and Raúl Prieto (formerly Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras) … accompanied by breathtaking special effects and a specially commissioned score.
This story follows one of the los niños vascos, Esperanza, a typist, twenty years later in post-war Britain, who decides to make the dangerous journey back to her past, and Franco's Spain.Full announcement with specific times, prices and venues.
17 January 2015 – 29 March 2015
Exhibition: Basque children in Yorkshire 1937
Tolson Museum, Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Road, Huddersfield HD5 8DJ
After the destruction of Guernica 4,000 children were evacuated from Spain to the UK. They were dispersed to many "colonies" across the country including one at Almondbury.
This exhibition by the Basque Children ’37 Association UK remembers and preserves the story of these children: los niños vascos.
(offprinted from 'Records of Bucks' Vol. 54 2014