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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

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

Opening Event June 14

Eventbrite tickets can be obtained at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sea-of-shadows-tickets-878172486547

Picasso Presents Guernika

Picasso Presents Guernika

June 27 2024
At 18.00: Showing of 'Picasso Presents Gernika'. The playwriter and director will be there to take questions after the show.

Picasso Presents Guernika QR code


April 26 marked the 87th anniversary of the bombing of Gernika. As always on this day, Gernika held a programme of commemorative events. BCA'37UK-Euskadi, representing both associations, was one of many groups invited to lay a floral tribute (provided by the town council) at the monument to the victims of the bombing. This year Nerea Mendikute and her seven year old daughter, Marina, assumed the role of representing both our associations. Nerea has had close ties with us since 2007. Marina wore a hexagonal identification badge and walked with her mother to lay the flowers. The association name is written in Basque on the floral sash.

More photos in our gallery here

Nerea and Marina

El 26 de abril se cumplieron 87 años del bombardeo de Gernika. Como siempre en este día, Gernika presentó una serie de actos conmemorativas. BCA'37UK-Euskadi, en representación de ambas asociaciones, fue uno de los muchos grupos invitados a depositar una ofrenda floral (proporcionada por el ayuntamiento) en el monumento a las víctimas del bombardeo. Este año Nerea Mendikute y su hija de siete años, Marina, asumieron el papel de representar a nuestras dos asociaciones. Nerea mantiene una estrecha relación con nosotros desde 2007. Marina llevaba una insignia de identificación hexagonal y acompañó a su madre a depositar las flores. El nombre de la asociación está escrito en euskera en la banda floral. Traducción realizada con la versión gratuita del traductor DeepL.com

Más fotos en nuestra galería aquí

Brampton Plaque Unveiling, 17 April 2024

Brampton Plaque Unveiling

Rob David has recently sent us this report. And this report was published by "News & Star - the Cumberland News". You can view the plaque in our Blue Plaques gallery section.

April to May 1937

Several important dates will be marked shortly. We've put together an interesting file on the correspondence between Leah Manning and Wilfrid Roberts from 30 April 1937 to 21 May 1937. The original material is located at The Carlisle Archive Centre.

24th April 1937 - Leah Manning arrives in Bilbao
26th April 1937 - Guernica is bombed
30th April to 21 May 1937 - Leah Manning telegrams and letters and the sailing of the 'Habana'

The article consists of the following:

1) An Introduction
2) A Chronology of transcribed telegram correspondence
3) Three transcribed letters
4) 2 copies of original cablegrams/telegrams

Read it here

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 13, May 2010

The forgotten colonies
by Natalia Benjamin Newsletter 13, May 2010, page 7 Read the full article here …

… an article you may have missed:

Ricardo Fernández Orsi - Captain of the SS 'Habana' by Sabina Fernández Read the full article here

From Another Archive:

Child refugees from the Spanish Civil War: a scrapbook tells a story Marx Memorial Library 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