BCA'37 UK Essay Prizes 2020

We invite submissions for the The 2020 Natalia Benjamin Prize for English speakers and for El Premio BCA'37 UK, 2020 for Spanish and Basque speakers.

Closing date midnight, 30 September 2020.

More information – Mas información – Informazio gehiago

Association forthcoming events


Please read the implications of the situation to our activites here …

News, Events & Reports

Michael Portillo's 'Railway Journeys' in Spain

"1936 was a turbulent time in Spain, with political upheaval descending into a brutal civil war. Michael begins an emotional rail journey, which takes him deep into his family’s past and reveals the tentacles of the regime which forced his father into exile."

Available until around 28 August the BBC iPlayer [May not be available outside UK]

There is an article in the Guardian commenting on the programme.

New article & publication

Firing a Shot for Freedom, the memoirs of Frida Stewart

with foreword and afterword by Angela Jackson,
author of British Women and the Spanish Civil War

Frida Stewart played in important role in the care of the Niños de la Guerra, both in Spain and in the UK. It was she who collected and edited the songbook "Songs of the Basque Children".

Angela has also provided this article, which is also to be found in our Articles Section

The book is published by Clapton Press at £9.99. More details here …

New mural in Gernika/Guernica

Mural in Gernika

This beautiful work of art [recently unveiled] depicts some of the 4000 children who left Santurtzi/Santurce on the 21 May 1937 on the SS Habana to escape the war in Euskadi.

Report by Simon Martinez here …

Fundraising call for soundtrack album of The Typist

The Typist

Now to end of August 2020

In 2015 we supported Kerieva McCormick with her Dance Theatre production "The Typist", which subsequently toured successfully with sell-out shows.

BCA'37 UK helped with research and background information, and several niños living in London gave their stories to Kerieva, contributing an important part to the narrative of the production. We now support Kerieva's crowdfunding for the production of the soundtrack album of "The Typist".

More information and details of the fundraising can be found here …

View a promotional video and find out how to donate at Kerieva's website and on Facebook

The story synopsis can be found here …

All change at Cañada Blanch

We have received this notice about recent changes at The Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies, London School of Economics - now being re-established with new direction and emphasis …

Fighting Basques - Call for participation

Fighting Basques project

Did one of your family members, who came on the Habana in 1937, go onto serve in the armed forces during World War 2?

If so, you are invited to join the Fighting Basques Project in collaboration with BCA'37 UK.

More details here …

June 12th Refugee Week 2020

An article in Spanish on the Havens East online exhibition was published recently (21 June 2020) in El Correo. Read a copy here …
Havens East web site

The Havens East Project's new, online exhibition will be live from 12 June 2020 at www.havenseast.org

"Havens East uncovers the incredible stories of the Basque child refugees who came to Norfolk and Cambridge during the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939)."

Read the latest update here …

New online search tool for Navarra

Navarra logo

The government of Navarra, in agreement with several publishers, has released an online search tool focused on the events of 1936 in Navarre. The database in which the tool searches includes the Government archive and also all the books published about the topic.

You can search by name, last name, town, affiliation … The results include a capture of the book/article where that element is indicated, and a link to the Navarra's Public Library database.

Details at: https://pazyconvivencia.navarra.es/es/oroibidea

The Spanish Civil War in Barakaldo
- Eleven Months of Resistance

Koldobika López Grandoso - author
Maria Dolores Power - translator

£28.00 (includes UK postage and packing)

Reduced in price - limited time only! £16.99 (including p&p in UK)

Details in our shop …

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

Newsletter 9, April 2008, pp2-3

Los Niños de Guernica Project
by Crispian Cook (pp2-3)

Newsletter 9, April 2008, pp2-4

"The Guernica Children Wins TV Award" (p4)

Read the full articles here …

… an article you may have missed:

"Art of the Basque Children"
by Simon Martinez

Read the full article here …

One of the first meals being served at North Stoneham Camp

One of the first meals being served at North Stoneham Camp.
(click on the image for a larger version)

Articles & Reviews

"Desconocida, invisible pero no olvidada"
por Gerald Hoare, traducido por Maria Dolores Power
"From Donostia (San Sebastián) to Caerleon via Wickham Market'"
by José Luis Duo, translation by Maria Dolores Power

View more articles here …

View more event reports here …