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

The 2019 Natalia Benjamin Prize

Has been awared to: Joshua Burns of the University of Southampton

"The 'Basques' in Britain: An examination of refugee children's agency and identity formation through self-produced journals Amistad and Cambria House Journal"

Read the judges' comments here …   and the winning essay here …

Association forthcoming events

Museum Childhood Ireland To end December 2019 LEITRIM

City Library, Main St, Cannaboe, Ballinamore, Co LEITRIM

18 July 2019 - July 2020 IRELAND & NORTHERN IRELAND
Museum of Childhood Ireland Project presents the 2nd exhibition in their series 'Children in War': The Basque Children of '37.

During 2020: Jan - Derry, Feb - Belfast, Mar - Warrenpoint
More dates and details will be posted here when available.

News, Events & Reports

From a correspondent in Barakaldo …

Great story of the Niños Vascos who played professional football in Britain, and who went back to Spain at the end of the 2WW.

Fantastic newsreel footage of them playing and scoring great goals.

View it here …

See also this article about Raimundo Perez Lezama

Teaching Pack for Secondary Schools

The Peace Museum of Gernika, has published this resource, which could be of interest to Spanish teachers. More information here …

Exhibition 25 September to 22 November 2019 at the Working Class Movement Library. Report by Simon Martinez

Niños con la memoria de abuelos

Recent article in El Correo about niños who were in Wales.
Read it here …

Links across the pond … "Picasso Presents Gernika"

Begoña Echeverría (University of California - UC) recently sent this report relating to her play "Picasso Presents Gernika". Read it here …

New items for sale in our shop

Barakaldo book

Book — The Spanish Civil War in Barakaldo here …
Cards and original pictures by Maite Pinto here …
Memorabilia — Vapor Habana badge here …

Habana badge  Cards by Maite Pinto

Exposición: Somos refugios Compromiso con el desafío

Octubre 2019 - octubre 2020, MADRID

Misión Salesianas. Calle Lisboa, 4 Moncloa-Aravaca, Madrid

Visitas se realizan de lunes a viernes previa cita, llamando al 914551720 o escribiendo a museo@misionessalesianas.org.

Leer mas …

Euskadi Logo

BCA'37 UK is reaching a wider audience

Our recent note remembering George Steer (see below) was picked up by the "About the Basque Country" web site.

Remembering George Lowther Steer

George Lowther Steer wrote an explosive report of the bombing of Guernica which shocked the British public and led the British Government to action … Read more here … and this lecture transcript here …

BCA'37UK - Euskadi

We are delighted to announce that a new, fellow association "BCA'37UK - Euskadi" has been set up in the Basque country … Read more … Leer mas …

Please click the logo at the bottom of the left hand column of our home page for any news or announcement from BCA'37UK - Euskadi.

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

BCA'37UK - Euskadi

From the Archives

Newsletter 17, Dec 2012, pp10&11

The Niños Speak

Newsletter 17, Dec 2012, pp 10 and 11

by Vicente Cañada, Herminio Martínez, Paco Robles and Juanita Vaquer

Read the full article here …

… an article you may have missed:

"Politics and humanitarian aid: Basque refugees in the Northeast and Cumbria during the Spanish Civil War" by Don Watson

Read the full article here …

… from Christmas 1937, Hadleigh Farm Colony:

Not all Christmas cards depict happy scenes, here recent memories are still overwhelming. Below the signatures of the children the card reads:


[Shown here with the kind permission of The Salvation Army Heritage Centre.]

Articles & Reviews

by Dr Edward Packard
[Blog for the University of Southampton Special Collections 'user perspectives' series]

View more articles here …

View more event reports here …