80th Anniversary News, Notices & Events

This year is the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Habana and its 4,000 children passengers.

We are involved with a series of public events around the UK and in the Basque Country; these are listed below. Details and new events will be added as we receive them so please check the web for full details nearer the proposed date.

Do let us know of other events relating to the Basque niños by emailing: secretary@basquechildren.org

28th October - KEIGHLEY

Keighley Local Studies Library, North Street, Keighley 8021 3SX, 14:00
"Child Refugees Welcomed by Keighley 80 Years Ago in September 1937"
A talk by Simon Martinez & John Birkbeck
More details …
Read more in this article …

16th November - LEICESTER

Evington Park House, Cordery Road, Leicester LE5 6DE
A talk by Richard Graves entitled, Evington Hall – Leicester's refuge from the Spanish Civil War will be given at this meeting of the Evington Local History Society.

Other News, Notices & Events

Flori Diaz's memories of Theydon Bois

Flori Díaz and Jim Watts

Jim Watts, webeditor of Theydon Bois Village Web Site, has informed us about articles on that web site written by niña Flori Díaz about her experiences at Leah Manning's colony at Theydon Bois, Essex.

Read them here: pages 10 to 13.

Also on the Theydon Bois Village Newsletters page, you will find the earlier issues: Numbers 64 (Dec. 2008 original article) and follow ups issues 78, 82 and 84 that are mentioned at the start of the latest article.

You may also be interested in the articles to be found on the Newsletters page of the Loughton Historical Society's web site, e.g., issues 181 & 194.

The Diario Vasco on Lore Aldabaldetreku

Lore Aldabaldetreku

There is a very interesting article in The Diario Vasco on, amongst others, Lore Aldabaldetreku, one of the niñas who came to UK.

She is the sister of the dancer Pirmin Trecu.

Read it here …

Montrose Event reported in the
Montrose & Dundee Courier

"Son of Spanish Civil War refugee retraces his father’s footsteps in Montrose."
Read it here …

Edinburgh Event Applauded in the
Scottish Parliament

"Following the success of the event in Edinburgh, there was a motion in the Scottish Parliament applauding and mentioning Gallo Rojo, Na-mara, Edinburgh Spanish film festival and our association."
Read more here …

Leicester's refuge for Basque children from the
Spanish Civil War

Richard Graves has published the second of his excellent and detailed articles on Evington Hall in the local history magazine "Leicestershire Historian" (Vol. 53, 2017).

The result of extensive research the first of the articles was published in the 2016 edition of this publication; the second has just been published in this years edition.

The combined parts can be accessed here and via our articles section.

Exhibition Marks 80th Anniversary of Basque Child Refugees Welcomed to Keighley

"A talk and an exhibition to mark the 80th Anniversary of the arrival of child refugees from the Basque region of Northern Spain is to be held at Keighley Library.

The talk will be given by two experts on the period, Simon Martinez and John Birkbeck, on Saturday 28 October at 2.00pm. …"

(See events list above).

Read the full article 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

Newsletter No 14, November 2010, page 8

A recent visit to Hutton Hall

A personal reflection by Cliff Kirkpatrick

"Since becoming a member of the Association in 2007, visiting as many Basque children's homes as possible has been high on my 'things to do' list …"

Read the full article here …

… and an article you may have missed:

The First Child to be Returned

By Cliff Kirkpatrick

Read the full article here …

Latest Articles & Reports

by Richard Graves (Leicestershire Historian, Vol. 52 (2016) & Vol. 53 (2017))

report by Simon Martinez

report by Carmen Coupland

review by Ed Packard

report by Barbara Coombs

by María Dolores (Lita) Power

report by Barbara Coombs

by Carmen Kilner

To view more articles click here.