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.

Latest Articles

Huddersfield and the Spanish Civil War - Alan Brooke March 2009 - First published in the Huddersfield Local History Society Journal

By Lynne Ingram

Basque and Jewish Refugees at Tythrophouse, Kingsey, 1937-1940 - by Diana Gulland
(offprinted from 'Records of Bucks' Vol. 54 2014

By Natalia Benjamin

By Natalia Benjamin

Latest Obituaries

Thomas Webb
14 March 2015, Swindon

Maria Carmen Smith (née Antolín)
14th January, 2015

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News & Forthcoming Events

Gernika: A new film

Paying homage to civilian suffering over town that was brutally bombed during Spanish Civil War

Our readers may find the following article interesting. It is about a new film being made on the bombing of Guernica.

Read the Independent article …

4 July 2015

IBMT Annual Commemoration
IBMT 2015

International Brigade memorial, Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, London SE1 8XX

This year's commemoration takes place from 1pm-2pm (assemble from 12.30pm).

Speakers include Owen Jones, with music from Ewan McLennan and Karl Lewkowitz and poetry from Francesca Beard.

More information …

Until 30 June 2015

Exhibition - "The Waiting Room"
The Waiting Room

Instituto Cervantes, 102 Eaton Square, London SW1W 9AN

A project about the Spanish Exile in the United Kingdom. Exhibition, screenings, performance and talks see link below: