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The secrets of Rochester Place
Tony Fox has sent us links to his blog about a mystery novel: "The secrets of Rochester Place" by Iris Costello. It features the story of Fermín Magdalena one of the niños who settled in Middlesbrough after being in the Hutton Hall Colony. Read more here …
This photo of a group of 20 niños is from a Facebook article about Hutton Hall.
Centenary of the first Scottish woman MP
Katharine Murray, Duchess of Atholl
In early December last year the Scottish Parliament celebrated the Centenary of its first woman MP, Katharine Murray, Duchess of Atholl. Two of our members were at the reception and we have their reports: Carmen Coupland, one of the speakers, daughter of a niña and Koldo Sanz, son of two niños de la guerra. Read their reports here …
PhD funding opportunity for three students
"Safe and sound? Health, wellbeing and the child refugees
of the Spanish Civil War, 1937-2023"
Historians at Lancaster University, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the University of
Manchester are looking to recruit three PhD students to work on a new fully-funded project on the
history of the child refugees of the Spanish Civil War.
The project is funded by the AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) Team Project Scheme.
More details here:
PhD funding opportunities – FASS Health Hub (lancs.ac.uk)
Forged in Spain
This new book by Richard Baxell is about to be released. It includes this chapter: The Niños Second Mother - Leah Manning. From the press release: "… [Leah Manning] who was the impetus behind bringing 4,000 refugee Basque children to Britain in the summer of 1937. She later served as an MP in Clement Attlee’s post-war Labour government, helping to draft and implement legislation raising the school leaving age to 16. Richard Baxell is a prominent historian on the Spanish Civil War who has supported our association in the past. More details here …
Politicizing and De-Politicizing Childhood
It is an open-access edited volume part of Routledge/Cañada Blanch Studies on Contemporary Spain
The book is dedicated to previously unexplored aspects and stories of the Spanish Civil War, and especially those of women, children, and international volunteers and solidarity campaigns from the global periphery. The chapter mentioned explores the North Stoneham Basque Children's Camp as a site of collusion between Spanish, Basque Nationalist and British ideals of childhood and education and the role that political, national and religious instruction should play in them.
For further details here
The Guernica Children documentary
now on our YouTube channel
We are delighted to announce that we have completed negotiations to bring Steve Bowles' award winning documentary "The Guerica Children" to a wider audience through our YouTube channel. Apart from individuals, we hope that history groups, schools and colleges will be able to use this film as part of their exploration into the history of the Basque Children of 1937. The English Version can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/LSNe_BMPhDI The Spanish version can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/CuW_BAqZcTY Please subscribe to our free channel.
El documental de Los Niños de Guernica
ahora en nuestro canal de YouTube
Nos complace anunciar que hemos completado las negociaciones para llevar el documental de Steve Bowles "Los Niños de Guernica", ganador de un premio, a un público más amplio a través de nuestro canal de YouTube. Además de los particulares, esperamos que los grupos de historia, las escuelas y los colegios puedan utilizar esta película como parte de su exploración de la historia de los niños vascos de 1937. La versión en inglés puede verse aquí: https://youtu.be/LSNe_BMPhDI La versión en español puede verse aquí: https://youtu.be/CuW_BAqZcTY Por favor, suscríbase a nuestro canal gratuito.
'Happy and Safe': The Basque Child Refugees in Cumberland and Westmorland 1937 - 1939
by Rob David
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.
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 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
por Marisa Iturriza
Chapter from the autobiography of the late Henry Brinton
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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