News, Notices & Events

General Francisco Franco

Spain feels Franco's legacy 40 years after his death

By Paul Preston, Professor of Contemporary Spanish Studies, LSE.

Spain's Gen Francisco Franco fought a brutal war against democracy with the aid of Hitler and Mussolini and thereafter presided over a regime of state terror and national brainwashing through the controlled media and the state education system. Read the full article here …

Picasso Guernica

George Steer

The reporter who told world of Guernica atrocity and inspired Picasso is hero of new film. Read more …

1937 the Basque Children, 2015 the Syrian Children

Basque and Syrian

It is naïve to think we can learn from history:

1937 Basque children were being evacuated from a devastating civil war: a reluctant British government bowed to public pressure and accepted 4,000;

2015 Syrians are being evacuated from a devastating civil war: a reluctant British government has bowed to public pressure and will accept 20,000.

Read more …

Refugees are our Football Family

Refugees are our Football Family

A recent article (9th September 2015), published on the Philosophy Football web site talks of Basque refugee football players. We've collected some notes on footballers Emilio Aldecoa, José and Antonio Gallego.

Read more …

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Grateful thanks

We would like to thank those of you who are continuing to send donations to our Association.

Although we no longer have a formal membership we are continuing with the educational aspects - giving talks and mounting exhibitions at schools, local history societies, Universities, museums and so forth, both here and in Spain. We are also helping with the frequent requests for information and background. All these involve not only work but often incur costs, so we are truly grateful to those who continue to support us financially.

If you would like to make a donation please contact Carmen Kilner at

We will shortly be putting up reports to let you know what the Association has been doing since we disbanded the membership side.

Beyond the SS Habana

"Beyond the SS Habana"

A new book

Stepping onto English shores, Josefina Suñé is uprooted from her Spanish background …

this true story unfolds as she falls in love and marries …

but her new life is destroyed when caught up in the German Occupation of France …

More details …

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 …


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 …

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