Association Notices

Calendar of events commemorating 85th anniversary
Calendario de actos conmemorativos del 85 aniversario

Events to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the bombing of Guernica and/or the evacuation to Great Britain of 4000 Niños de la Guerra.

More details & event list …

Actos para conmemorar el 85 aniversario del bombardeo de Guernica y/o la evacuación a Gran Bretaña de 4000 Niños de la Guerra.

Más detalles y & lista de eventos …

Other News, Events & Reports

Eddie Butler 8 May 1957 - 15 September 2022

Eddie Butler

The BCA'37 UK wishes to pay its own tribute to the great Eddie Butler, amongst so many things - a friend to our Association.

Our tribute to Eddie can be found here …

Final commemorative events for 85th Anniversary

We are now approaching the last three events associated with the 85th commemoration. To attend any of these events please respond to the associated Eventbrite notification. We hope that you can attend.

Monday 19th September am Southampton Memorial

Memorial to the Basque children

Monday 19th September pm SS Habana

Panel Discussion and exhibition

Tuesday 20th September am Hampshire tree

Dedication of tree to the People of Hampshire: Basque child refugees 1937

Following the recent passing of HM Queen Elizabeth and due to the clash with the period of mourning and state funeral, we think that it is appropriate to postpone the events that were to have taken place on September 19th & 20th.

We are now considering alternative dates and we will of course keep you informed of our plans and hope that you will be able to attend at the new dates.

85th Anniversary commemoration, Caerleon

Caerleon 85 Anniversary Event 2022

A full, illustrated report of this major event by Christopher Evans can be viewed here …

A Spanish translation can also be viewed here …
[Consulte la versión original en inglés para ver las fotografías]

Postscript by Carmen Kilner

… of the 85th commemorative events at Caerleon here …

… de los actos conmemorativos del 85º aniversario en Caerleon aquí …


Caerleon recuerda la acogida galesa a los niños vascos de 1937

This article has just appeared in El Correo, including an interview with First Minister for Wales, Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford. Read it here …

English translation of the text can be viewed here …
[Please refer to the original Spanish version for the photographs]

Bilbao to Caerleon - The Basque Child Refugees of 1937

Essay by Gail Giles

In 2001 Gail Giles wrote a "long essay" as part of her degree. This is probably the first document written on a single colony - before our association was formed!

Read the essay here …

Exhibitions Live & Online

Athletic Club Bilbao and BCA’37 UK & BCA’37UK-Euskadi

Until December 2022.
Exhibition "The children of '37 in the United Kingdom" at the Museum, San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao.

To view the exhibition you will need to buy tickets for the Museum tour. These are available at doors 19-20. Visits to the exhibition are included with general admission to the Athletic Club Museum and the San Mamés Tour. The Niños del '37 exhibition is in the museum gallery at the end of the tour.

For tickets to the exhibition go to: https://tickets.athletic-club.eus/athleticclub-museo/en_US/tickets.

A report of the inauguration of the exhibition "The children of '37 in the United Kingdom"
by Christopher Evans

Athletic Club Bilbao y BCA'37 UK & BCA'37UK-Euskadi

Hasta diciembre de 2022.
Exposición "Los niños del 37 en el Reino Unido" en el Museo, Estadio de San Mamés, Bilbao.

Para ver la exposición es necesario comprar entradas para la visita al Museo. Éstas están disponibles en las puertas 19-20. La visita a la exposición está incluida en la entrada general al Museo del Athletic Club y en el Tour de San Mamés. La exposición Niños del '37 se encuentra en la galería del museo al final del recorrido.

Las entradas para la exposición se pueden adquirir en: https://tickets.athletic-club.eus/athleticclub-museo/en_US/tickets

Reportaje de la inauguración de la exposición "Los niños del '37 en el Reino Unido"
por Christopher Evans


Please visit the Peace Museum's 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

75th Anniversary Newsletter 17, November 2012, page 25

Plaque unveiled at Blackboys
Newsletter 17, November 2012, page 25 Read the full article here …

… an article you may have missed:

The Blockade of Bilbao
by Prof. Michael Alpert

Read the full article here …

From Another Archive:

Southampton Home for
Basque Children, 1937

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Eastleigh Library
Hampshire Library & Information Service

Read the two articles here …
and here …

Articles & Reviews

"Ardmore House, Manor Road, Guildford"
by Emilia Chadwick, daughter of Rodolfo Vela Santos
"Re-tracing Our History"
by James Chadwick

View more articles here …

View more event reports here …

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