Our Activities

News & Events 2018

27 April - 29 April TOTNES

The Dartington Hall Trust, Totnes TQ9 6EL

Carito y Marina: From Bilbao to Dartington

A weekend of events, public discussions and exhibitions on the Dartington Hall estate celebrating the lives and legacy of the Rodríguez sisters, Carito and Marina.

Further details and booking information on the Dartington website www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=303398 and by contacting totnesgrove@yahoo.com

Further details here …

21 April NORWICH

Norwich Millennium Library, first Floor, from 2-3pm

'The Forgotten Kindertransport – Basque Refugees in East Anglia'
Talk by Mike Levy. Flyer for the event here …

Request for information

We have received a request for information from a Ph.D student at the University of Granada and hope that some of you might be able to help him: "… the issue of the return of the republican exile, whether they are relatives or not of exiles, and want to share their stories."

There is a questionnaire. Read the full request here …

Spanish Crossings author John Simmons on BBC Radio 4

John Simmons,the author of the novel Spanish Crossings, was interviewed by Richard Coles on BBC Radio 4, "Saturday Live" (go to 41.17 minutes into the interview).

A very nice interview with kind acknowledgement of our association and help given to John. It is available to listen on: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09y6zmr#play

BBC Radio 4 - Minority Rights and
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon Drama,
The Ferryhill Philosophers

This 45 minute play is about refugees and immigration - the problems, the facts and some history. There is a surprising little twist where the evacuation of the Basque children is mentioned.

It is available to listen on: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09w0g06

Caireles Martínez Tobalina

Caireles Martínez Tobalina

We have received the sad news of the death of Caireles (Cai). He leaves his wife Feliciana, his son Eloy and grandchildren.

Our condolences to all the family.

More details here …

Agustín Luís Eskubi Urtiaga

Agustín Luís Eskubi Urtiaga

Agustín's daughter, Juanita, has informed us of the death of her father.

Born on 28 August 1922 in Durango and died on 12 March 2018 in Farnborough

Our condolences to all the family.

More details and * funeral arrangements * here …

Folk Duo Na-Mara


We often report on events where the folk duo Na-Mara have performed. The duo - Roberto García (son of a niño) and Paul McNamara have a wide and varied repertoire, but always include songs written by them about the history of the niños.

They act as ambassadors for our association wherever they perform.

These are all good reasons for us to support them and attend their gigs: but the most powerful reason is that they are fantastic musicians and will have you completely spellbound throughout any performance that you may attend!

Here is a link to their programme of gigs for this year and their web site is at www.na-mara.com.

Spanish Crossings

Spanish Crossings

Following on from the success of the hard back edition, John Simmons' book Spanish Crossings is now out in paperback.

If you didn't read it first time round then we can thoroughly recommend that you buy a copy now.

There is a review on our website by Ed Packard here.

Here is a more recent review by another historian, Richard Baxell:

"Based on the true story of the arrival of 3000 Spanish Refugees in 1937, Spanish Crossings convincingly recreates a picture of England, France and Spain during the turbulent and war-torn 1930s and '40s. Elegantly written and well-paced, John Simmons' story of love and optimism is an exciting and rewarding read."

Read this press release here …

The book is available from BooksEtc for £5.39 p&p included.

Changing Lives: 200 years of changing lives and protest

Basque Children in Yorkshire Exhibition
Weston Park Museum, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TP
From 6 February to 1 July 2018

"As part of the theme of unity with national and international causes the time spent in Sheffield by 25 Niños Vascos is explored through a poster, press cuttings, books …"

More on the Museum web site and in this report by Barbara Coombs.

The Gernika Peace Museum

The Gernika Peace Museum Foundation has a long and outstanding history of using the archives of war and atrocities, not only those of Guernica, as a vehicle for understanding conflict and finding a way forward towards peace.

The museum is well worth visiting if you have not yet done so. They produce exhibitions, talks and events throughout the year and although not all will have a direct reference to the niños de la guerra, they will all have that relevant background context.

Two items of current interest are the following:

An exhibition in Gernika at Museum running from 15 December 2017 until 16 September 2018 entitled Memories of Stone and Steel — monuments to victims of the Spanish Civil War and Francoism in the Basque Country (1936 - 2017). Details here …
and an invitation to the opening on 15 December 2017

A brochure by the Education Department of the Gernika Peace Museum Foundation containing much of interest to schools and others. Details here …

Manuel Rodriguez Urbano

Manuel Rodriguez Urbano

Manuel Rodríguez has given us the sad news of the death of his father, Manuel Rodriguez Urbano.

Born in Bilbao on 16th November 1923, died in the UK on 23rd February 2018, aged 94.

Our condolences to all the family.

More details will be published here when known …

24 March WICKHAM MARKET, Suffolk

Wickham Market Village Hall, 11.00am to 5.00pm

Remembering the Basque refugee children in Wickham Market,

A collaborative event between Wickham Market Area Archive Centre and BCA'37 UK commemorating the arrival of nearly 100 Basque child refugees to a colony at Wickham Market.

Featuring the unveiling of a commemorative plaque, BCA’37 UK exhibition and talks by DrAdrian Bell and Dr Ed Packard (University of Suffolk). Further details here …

See also this article in the East Anglian Daily Times …

18 March SHOTLEY GATE, Suffolk

The Shotley Peninsular Local History Group, Shotley Sailing Club, Queen Victoria Drive, Shotley Gate. 7pm for 7.30pm

Looking after the Basque Refugee Children in Suffolk 1937-39

A talk by Ed Packard: non-members £5; contact Jenny Elsey at: jenny@elseyadcock.co.uk and more details here …

Visit to Parliament

Jeremy Corbyn, Paco Robles, Carmen Kilner

On February 21st Paco Robles and Carmen Kilner were invited to attend Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons as guests of the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn.

Read our report here …

The Gernika children who took refuge in Britain
(From 2012)

"Herminio Martinez was one week from his eighth birthday when he hitched a lift in the local fishmonger's van to the docks at Bilbao. There he and his brother would board a ship to England …"

Published in El País — Read it here.

Review of 2017

This 80th anniversary year was one of our busiest and most eventful years.

We have prepared our "Annual review 2017": a summary of the Association's activities and actions, together with a brief financial report, and a pictorial overview of the year's events month by month.

Summary of Activities

Financial Report

Events Overview