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The Law of Democratic Memory / Claiming Spanish Nationality Read about it here … or email Simon Martínez to discuss

News, Events & Reports

New to our Colonies pages. Sketty Park Home, Swansea

Sketty House

One of the five Welsh colonies. HELP US! On the new colony's page we have photos of the children and names - but not matched up. If anyone can help, please contact us. We and the archives at West Glamorgan, where the original photos are held, would be delighted. See the photos here and the complete colony information here.

Nuevo en nuestras páginas de Colonias. Hogar Sketty Park, Swansea

Una de las cinco colonias galesas. !AYUDANOS! En la página de la nueva colonia tenemos fotos de los niñ@s y nombres - pero no coinciden. Si alguien puede ayudar, por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros. Nosotros y los archivos de West Glamorgan, donde están las fotos originales, estaríamos encantados. Vea las fotos aquí y la información completa de la colonia aquí.

Sea of Shadows - a Major Exhibition

Sea of Shadows

June 14 - July 19 2024
Instituto Cervantes Manchester
326-330 Deansgate, Campfield Avenue Arcade, MANCHESTER M3 4FN
Opening hours : Monday to Thursday 9.00 - 18.00, Friday 9.00 - 14.30.

The Instituto Cervantes Manchester is hosting an exhibition called "Sea of Shadows", inspired by the evacuation to Great Britain of around four thousand Basque girls and boys during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). More details here

El Instituto Cervantes de Manchester abre sus puertas para acoger la exposición «Mar de Sombras», inspirada en el exilio a Gran Bretaña de unos cuatro mil niñas y niños vascos durante la guerra civil española (1936-1939). Más detalles aquí

The Guernica Children documentary on our YouTube channel

The Gernika Children Picasso Gernika

The English Version can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/LSNe_BMPhDI La versión en español puede verse aquí: https://youtu.be/CuW_BAqZcTY

'Happy and Safe': The Basque Child Refugees in Cumberland and Westmorland 1937 - 1939

by Rob David
Book cover

Rob has been studying, writing about, and lecturing on the experiences of refugees in Cumbria for many years. Now he turns his focus on the Basque Children who arrived in the North West in 1937. He has had full access to the archives of the Charles and Lady Cecilia Roberts who brought into existence a colony of 100 children in Brampton near Carlisle and a satellite for 25 children at Ambleside. Rob describes the lives of the children and the impressive range of people who stepped forward to support them both financially and with care and attention …

The book is now available in our shop.

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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 …

Newsletter / Boletín

From the Archives

Newsletter 3, March 2005

Blue plaque for Caerleon
by Josefina Savery Newsletter 3, March 2005, page 1 Read the full article here …

… an article you may have missed:

The Basque Children's Colony, the Old Hospital, Park Lodge Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire by Simon Martinez Read the full article here

From Another Archive:

Basque refugee children in Swansea 1937-1938 Swansea Council Archives Read the full article here …

Articles & Reviews

"En tierras lejanas"
por Marisa Iturriza
"In Distant Lands"
by Marisa Iturriza — translation by MDL Power
"In the Wings"
Chapter from the autobiography of the late Henry Brinton

View more articles here …

View more event reports here …

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Exhibitions Live & Online


The Peace Museum's Bombs…Away! explores the impact of aerial bombardment against civilians during World War Two and uses its unique collection to examine how peace campaigns formed in response … BCA'37 UK helped with the section on the Basque children.


Haven's East: The Lost History of Basque Child Refugees in 1930s East Anglia

A National Lottery funded project investigating the history of the Basque children at colonies in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. BCA'37 UK contributed to the R & D of this exhibition. Visit the exhibition at: www.havenseast.org, read about the background to the project here …, and read this Report on Refugee week 2021 by Ed Packard