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In 1937, during the Spanish civil war, a group of almost 4,000 children was evacuated from Bilbao in the Basque region of Spain. They embarked from Santurce, Bilbao, on the 'Habana' on Friday 21st May and dropped anchor at Fawley, at the entrance to Southampton Water, on Saturday evening. The following morning, Sunday 23rd, they docked at Southampton.

Initially accommodated in a large camp at North Stoneham, Eastleigh, they were eventually dispersed to many 'colonies' throughout the country.

Our main aim is to remember and preserve the story of these children, the niños vascos, in its proper historical context.

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Exhibition: Basque children in Yorkshire 1937

Tolson Museum, Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Road, Huddersfield HD5 8DJ

After the destruction of Guernica 4,000 children were evacuated from Spain to the UK. They were dispersed to many "colonies" across the country including one at Almondbury.

This exhibition by the Basque Children ’37 Association UK remembers and preserves the story of these children: los niños vascos.

www.kirklees.gov.uk/museums
01484 223830
tolson.museum@kirklees.gov.uk


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