Association Notices

*** DEADLINE APPROACHING ***BCA'37 UK Essay Prizes 2021

We invite submissions for the The 2021 Natalia Benjamin Prize for English speakers and for El Premio BCA'37 UK, 2021 for Spanish and Basque speakers. Closing date midnight, 30 September 2021.

More information – Mas información – Informazio gehiago


Our recent Twitter activity / La actividad reciente de Twitter

Children from twitter feed Children from euskadi twitter feed

As you are probably aware, we have two Twitter accounts: Ed Packard has been running the UK account since 2017.

Como probablemente sabréis, tenemos dos Twitter: La edición de Euskadi fue creada por Gaizka Garamendi en 2020.

More information here
Más información aquí

Prestigious Award for Natalia Benjamin

Natalia Benjamin

We are delighted that Natalia Benjamin will soon receive an Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University for her important work on the testimony and historical memory of refugees, which is recognised as being of international importance.

We will give more details as they become available.

Other News, Events & Reports

Sponsored walk on 18 September 2021

This walk, organised by Pauline Fraser (IBMT), is in the Brighton and Hove area. Amongst places associated with International Brigaders, the walk will visit the sites of the Basque colonies at Girton House and Aylesbury House. Full details ….

Basque child refugees: untold stories from the National Archives

To mark Refugee Week 2021, the National Archives have produced a short film about the Basque children. It can be viewed on YouTube via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zf80IP8x0c

Update on "Crowd Pledging"

Save the Children

Project for the publication in English of Gregorio Arrien’s ¡Salvad a Los Niños! / Save the children! The History of the Basque Exile to Great Britain 1937 - 1940.
More information …

"Thank you" to the people who have already made pledges to support this project. I am pleased to say that we are a quarter of the way there! Please consider making a pledge, the larger the better of course. In pledging a donation to fund this project you must not send money — just make a pledge by contacting me at simonmartinez1937@yahoo.com



Please visit the Peace Museum's new Bombs…Away! online exhibition.
We were pleased to help with the section on the Basque children.

Bombs…Away! explores the impact of aerial bombardment against civilians during World War Two and uses The Peace Museum's unique collection to examine how peace campaigns formed in response …

Visit the exhibition at: www.bombsawayexhibition.com

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. We were pleased to contribute to the research and development 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

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 …

Newsletter / Boletín

From the Archives

Newsletter 7, April 2007, p5

Further honour for Leah Manning
by Ron Bill
Newsletter 7, April 2007, p5

… Dame Leah Manning … continues to be commemorated … In 1998 a new building at Cambridge Regional College was named after her …

Read the full article here …

… an article you may have missed:

A haven for refugees and an ambulance: Wandsworth's response to the Spanish Civil War Article by Neil Robson, with acknowledgements to the publisher:
The Wandsworth Historical Society

Read the full article here …

From Another Archive:

Eleanor's Basque Children

The story of Kerman Mirena Iriondo and Eleanor Roosevelt

Blog article by Vince Juaristi

Read the full article here …

Articles & Reviews

"The Basque Children in Arkley - 1937-42"
by Jeff Gale
[With grateful thanks to the Barnet Museum for their permission to publish this article]

View more articles here …

View more event reports here …