Our Activities

Recent News & Events

News & Events 2017

9th - 23rd May - EASTLEIGH (Hampshire)

Exhibition of BCA'37 UK posters - Eastleigh Library. Swan Shopping and Leisure Centre, Swan Centre, Eastleigh SO50 5SF
Open 9.30am - 5.00pm Mon - Fri, and 9.30 am - 4.30 pm Sat.
Exhibition by BCA'37 UK of posters telling the history of the evacuation from Bilbao to Eastleigh in May 1937.
This article in the Daily Echo has a good gallery of photos.

20th May - LANCING (W Sussex)

Plaque unveiling - Lancing Library, Penstone Park, Lancing BN15 9DL at 12pm.
A blue plaque is to be unveiled at 12pm at Lancing Library, where in 1937 Penstone House welcomed a group of refugee Basque children from northern Spain. The library will be hosting an exhibition and there will be musical entertainment and food. Speakers include Jim Jump and Manuel Moreno of the IBMT. Event organised by Lancing Parish Council. See some photos from this colony in our photo gallery here, and some memories from Elva Lipscomb here.

4th May - BILBAO

Euskadiko Artxibo Historikoa / Archivo Histórico de Euskadi en Bilbao - Archivos Euskadiko, María Díaz de Haro 3 48013 BILBAO, 19.00h
Parte de una serie de conferencias, exposiciones y mesa redonda entre abril y noviembre. 'Agur, haurrok / Adios niños'. Participantes incluye Carmen Kilner. More details here …

NEW! 2nd May - BILBAO

British Council. Azkuna Zentroa - Arriquíbar Plaza, 4, 48010 Bilbo 7.30pm - 20.30pm
Talk "The Basque Children Evacuated to Great Britain (and something about my mother)" by Carmen Kilner (in English).
Seats are limited, so if you wish to attend please contact Barbara.Littlewood@britishcouncil.org


XII. Jornadas por el Derecho a la Educación: refugiados de ayer y de hoy - Aula Magna de la Facultad de la Educación, Filosofía y Antropología, UPV/EHU Exposición- Centro Carlos Santamaría UPV/EHU, Programme 9.00 am onwards
Includes presentation by Carmen Kilner BCA'37 UK, in Spanish.
Progamme details here & Exhibition details here

22nd/23rd April - VARIOUS

'Football Welcomes' - Clubs to celebrate contribution refugees have made to football
This is a new Amnesty International initiative supported by a range of Premier League clubs, the English Football League and the FA Women's Super League. More details …


Enriqueta Maíz Estéban

We have received the sad message from Carmen Smith of the death of her mother Enriqueta Maíz Estéban on March 29th, aged 95.

Read more details here …

30th March - CAMBRIDGE

A Tale of Two Hostels - West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, CB3 9DP, 6.30 for 7.00pm
The two hostels referred to are one for Basque children and the other for Kindertransport children. An exhibition and presentation evening by pupils of two schools under the guidance of Mike Levy of Keystage Arts and Heritage Ltd. Carmen Kilner will give a brief introduction.

Read our New section in the "Reference menu" entitled "Passengers on the Habana"

BBC The One Show, 27th March

Interviewer: Ruth Goodman, featuring the niños: Paco Robles and Maria Luis Patchett. Item starts at approx. 18 mins 30 secs at: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08k5cz9/the-one-show-27032017

Emilio Aldecoa

A Spanish refugee boy 78 years ago blazed the trail for David Silva and Cesc Fabregas

In Emilio Aldecoa we find what so many refuse to see in refugees - a willingness to give back … Read the full article on The Independent web site.

Arturo Barea

Recognition for Arturo Barea in Madrid

Spanish writer who fled civil war to a British village is honoured in Madrid. Arturo Barea, loved for his books and BBC talks, has had a city square named after him in the Spanish capital near his former school … Read the full article on The Guardian web site.

Note also that Natalia Benjamin & Adrian Bell played an important part in finding Barea's gravestone at Faringdon and its subsequent restoration - pages 11 & 12 of our May 2011 newsletter here.

Ricardo Martínez Balda

We are sorry to report that Ricardo sadly passed away in St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey on New Years' Day, 2017.

Read more details here …

Older News & Events

News & Events 2016 News & Events 2015 News & Events 2014 News & Events 2013 News & Events 2012 News & Events 2011 News & Events 2010 News & Events 2009 News & Events 2008 News & Events 2007 News & Events 2006 – 2004