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News & Events 2019


Scrapbook Tells a Story

17-23 June Refugee Week Online exhibition, Marx Memorial Library

Spanish Civil War child refugee online exhibition.

More details …


A niño at D-Day

Alfredo Emilio Ruíz

Alfredo Emilio Ruiz came over to Britain on the Habana - one of the niños de la guerra.

He joined the British navy and was the only Spaniard to take part in the Juno beach landing on 6th June 1944. The current article in El Correo, commemorates this (towards the bottom of the page).

Further reports of his life can be seen in the obituaries section and here


La historia de 'The niños vascos', los refugiados de la Guerra Civil en Inglaterra

A recent item of interest in the Spanish press

https://www.publico.es/sociedad/refugiados-guerra-civil-historia-the-ninos-vascos-refugiados-guerra-civil-inglaterra.html


SS Habana leaving Santurce

We have been sent this fascinating link which, among other things, shows a short footage made from one of the Bous (Republican armed fishing boats), of the SS Habana leaving Santurce on May 21st 1937. The link is at the beginning of the second paragraph where it says En este video. More information here …


Friday 31st May - Sunday 2nd June THAXTED ESSEX

Several local venues

In the village of Thaxted in Essex, a meeting of Morris Dancers is held each year. In 1939 a group of young Basques danced at the weekend event.

To mark the 80th anniversary of this visit, a group of Basque Dancers from Berriz are attending the weekend. There will be an exhibition by BCA'37 UK on display at the Church.

More details here …

Report on this event here …

[We thank the Thaxted Morris Men for permission to use the photo of Basque boys dancing at Saffron Walden in 1939.]


15 June to 16 July LONDON

Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, London EC1 4NB

Exhibition and events for adults and children: The Basque Children
— the story of the Child Refugees from the Spanish Civil War

Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm (Closed Wednesday & Sunday)

Telephone: 0207 527 3235

NOTE: Some events need booking

Full details here …


18 June CAMBRIDGE

St Barnabas Centre, Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 2BD, 7:30pm
na-mara

na-mara concert at the Cambridge Folk Club in association with the Mill Road History Society.

Hear the story of the Spanish Civil War and the child refugees brought to this country in 1937 from Bilbao. There is some local significance in this as there were a number of children brought to Cambridge at the time, many settled here including Antonio and José Gallego who later went on to have local and national football careers.

See also this article featuring the unveiling of a Blue Plaque in Station Road, Cambridge.

The St Barnabas Centre (formerly known as the Old School Hall) is behind St Barnabas Church and accessed from St Barnabas Road.

Tickets: £8 in advance, £10 at the door.
cambridgefolkclub.co.uk — Telephone: 01638 603986


Thursday 18 July DUBLIN

European Commission DUBLIN. Europe House, 12-14 Mount Street Lower, Dublin D02 W710

Museum Childhood Ireland
The Museum of Childhood Ireland Project presents:
The Basque Children of '37 Exhibition

6.30pm Exhibition launch event and panel discussion (will include Adrian Bell, Stewart Reddin and Carmen Kilner)


Thursday 18 July 2019 - July 2020 IRELAND

Museum Childhood Ireland
Various venues — see programme below

The Museum of Childhood Ireland Project (MCI Project) presents:
The Basque Children of '37 Exhibition.

This is the 2nd in the series of MCI Projects traveling exhibitions on
Children in War.

The tour will start:
Thurs 18 July - mid August, European Commission, DUBLIN
Sat 17 August - mid Sept, CORK City Library (inc. Heritage Week 2019)
Tues 17 September - mid October, GALWAY City Library

This will be followed by a month each at other city libraries including: Co. Mayo, Co. Leitrim, and Derry and Belfast Central Libraries in January and February 2020.

Other venues, dates and details will be announced on the web and in the eNotices when available. Other venues, dates and details will be announced on the web and in the eNotices when available.


Annual Reunion Lunch - Sunday 19 May 2019 Melia Whitehouse Hotel, LONDON

The Annual Reunion Lunch to remember the arrival of the Niños Vascos in Southampton in May 1937 will be held on Sunday 19 May 2019 at the Melia Whitehouse Hotel, Albany Street, Regent´s Park, London NW1 3UP.

Any Niño Vasco, relation of a Niño Vasco, or anyone connected with the evacuation of the children from Bilbao in 1937 is very welcome to join us.

These reunions are an opportunity to catch up with old friends and to remember why the evacuation took place.

For further information call Luis Jarero on 07788 715971 or by
email at luisjarero@yahoo.com.


Saturday 18 May HULL

Hull History Centre, Worship Street, Hull, HU2 8BG

Spanish Civil War Study Day (1.30pm-4.30pm) as part of the Hull and the Spanish Civil War programme. Talks from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, includes those by Manuel Moreno and Simon Martinez of BCA'37 UK, who will also displaying the BCA'37 UK's exhibition and bookstall with items for sale about the Children.

More details here … and a flyer for the event here …


25 April - 8 May GLASGOW & EDINBURGH

Retrospective on Basque Films

The Retrospective features over a dozen films from the 1980s through today, which range from cult classics to recent releases. Together they provide a multi-dimensional portrait of Basque culture, with its own language, tradition and customs. The programme of films looks particularly at themes like Understanding the Basque Conflict, and rethinking Land and Tradition.

Screenings and events will take place in Edinburgh and Glasgow, but the retrospective also travels to London, Manchester and Leeds from 25th April to the 24th May 2019 and will see leading Basque directors, artists and animators attending events in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

More details here …


The Retirada

An interesting article from the Guardian on the Retirada - which affected the families of many of the Basque niños de la guerra.: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/09/franco-spain-refugees-haunted-by-the-past-retirada?CMP=share_btn_link


Spain and Culture - Royal Albert Hall on the 24 June 1937

Spain and Culture flyer 1937

The Association has been sent the fundraising flyer for the Basque Children that was given to the audience at this event.

Terry Caven sent it to us and tells us that his grandfather attended the concert and it was kept securely in his papers.

The artist Edmund Xavier Kapp is noted as the only artist for whom Pablo Picasso sat as a subject. He was also a War Artist and was commissioned to draw scenes at Air Raid Shelters in 1940.

The Association is very grateful for Terry sending a copy of the flyer.

Click the image for a larger view and see also this report.


Mi padre - un Niño de la Guerra

Rob García presenta una charla sobre Los Niños Vascos - Club Hispánico de Hillingdon.
Jueves 2 de mayo, 2019, 19.45, £3.00.

More details here …

or by email here: hillingdonspanishclub@gmail.com


Monday 1 April - Tuesday 30 April GUERNICA

The Astra Arts Centre, Guernica, Spain

Exhibition: The Basque Children.

A joint exhibition by BCA'37UK and Maite Pinto.

Each year in April the city of Guernica commemorates the terrible bombing which occurred on the twenty-sixth of that month in 1937. This year is the eighty second anniversary of the events …
More information …


Friday 12 April GUERNICA

The Astra Arts Centre, Guernica, Spain

Award winning film directed by Steve Bowles: The Children of Guernica.

Including Q &A with Manuel Moreno and Simon Martinez of the BCA'37UK. More information …

Click the image for an enlarged view …


Monday 18 March - Friday 5 April LEEDS

Leeds Central Library, Municipal Buildings, Calverley Street,
Leeds LS1 3AB

The Basque Children, Exhibition


Friday, 29th March, ST ALBANS

The Maltings Art Theatre, Level 2,The Maltings,St Albans,AL1 3LH. 8.00pm

Gig by Na-Mara and launch of new CD: Sisters and Brothers.
NOTE: the venue has been changed since we posted this earlier.


Thursday 28 March LEEDS

University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT

The University of Leeds will host a conference to commemorate the eightieth anniversary of the end of the civil war. It will bring together some of the best and latest research on Republican refugees during and after the conflict.

Programme details are summarised here. More information and booking can be done at Eventbrite here.

**Please note that Paul Preston's keynote planned for 27th March is ticketed separately and has now sold out**

The afternoon talks include those by Simon Martinez, BCA'37UK and Dr Scott Soo, University of Southampton.


BBC Radio 4: Spain's Lost Generations - Lucas Laursen

Monday 18 March and Monday 25 March, 11.00am

Episode one: Franco's disappeared
Episode two: The Missing Children

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003ctv/episodes/guide


Saturday 23rd March OXFORD

Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PN

Football and the Spanish Civil War

IBMT Len Crome Memorial Conference Oxford

More information here

Booking via Eventbrite here


Wednesday 13 March SALFORD

WCML 51 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX, telephone 0161 736 3601, 2 - 4pm

Guernica Remakings

Talk by Nicola Ashmore (curator of the exhibition — see details above)

More information here

A report of the event by Simon Martinez can be read here …


Thursday 7 March LONDON

Instituto Cervantes de Londres, 15-19 Devereux Court, London WC2R 3JT (nearest tube Temple/Holborn) — 7-9 pm

The Basque Children - The end of the Spanish Civil War and the beginning of the exile for the Niños

Talk by Dr Peter Anderson (University of Leeds)

Summary of the content of this significant talk can be read here … and a full version here …

A report of the event by Barbara Coombs can be read here …


Venancio Zornoza and wife Olwen

Venancio Zornoza

It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of Venancio Zornoza on Friday 22nd February.

From their son Manny Zornoza:

"It is with sadness that I have to let you know that my father, Venancio Zornoza, passed away on the evening of the 22nd February 2019 in Worthing hospital.

Sadly his wife, Olwen Zornoza, later passed away on the morning of the 25th February 2019.

They leave behind 2 sons, Manuel and Luis, two granddaughters,
Caroline and Sarah, a great grandson, Freddie and a great-granddaughter, Ellie."

Our very deepest condolences and sympathy go to their sons Luis and Manuel and all the family.

The cremations will be held on Friday, 15 March at 3.00pm, at Worthing Crematorium, Horsham Rd, Findon, West Sussex BN14 0RG.


Article about Leah Manning

Here is a link to a further article about Leah Manning by Gregorio Arrien that appeared recently in the Basque newspaper Deia: https://www.deia.eus/2018/12/15/sociedad/historias-de-los-vascos/leah-manning-la-educadora-con-un-homenaje-pendiente-


Review of 2018

We have recently prepared our "Annual Report and Accounts" for 2018.

Read it here …


Friday 22 February BOLTON

Bolton Socialist Club, 16 Wood Street, Bolton BL1 1DY, 7.00pm

Basque Children in Bolton - The Watermillock Colony

Talk by Simon Martinez. See also:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10216677239020550& set=gm.2350557845176786&type=3&sfns=mo


Tuesday 19 February BARNES, LONDON

FiSH Neighbourhood Care, Barnes Green Centre, Church Road, Barnes,
London SW13 9HE, 10.30 coffee, 11.00-11.50

Talk: Evacuation of the Basque Children to Britain in 1937
by Manuel Moreno.

Note: the venue is near Barnes and Barnes Bridge stations; there is limited on-site parking.


28th January Beach House, WORTHING

Beach house plaque

The rededication and unveiling of the renovated blue plaque commemorating the Basque children's stay at Beach House.

A report of the event by Meirian Jump can be read here.

Press reports: The Worthing Herald report here, and: The Worthing Society report here.

Photos of the event can also be found in our gallery here.


School visits

The Association is keen to raise awareness of the events of 1937 by offering talks to schools. Read Carmen Kilner's reports on recent visits.


El niño vasco de Mansilla de las Mulas

Paco Robles, a niño, has been in the news recently following the publication and launch of a book about his life and memories by the Asturian author Miguel Ángel Fernández.

More information at these web sites:
www.diariodeleon.es/noticias/sociedad/paco-es-tipo-comun-vio-truncada-infancia-guerra_1307113.html
and
http://ultimocero.com/noticias/movimientos-sociales/2019/01/25/paco-robles-nino-la-guerra-aun-recuerda-estruendo-las-bombas-gernika/


Thursday 31 January - Wednesday 20 March SALFORD

WCML 51 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX, telephone: 0161 736 3601

Guernica Remakings, Exhibition

Though not directly about the Basque children, we think that this may be of interest to you.

More information here


Monday 28 January WORTHING

Beach House, Brighton Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 2EJ 11am-12noon

Rededication of restored plaque at site of Beach House colony.
Unveiling by Mayor of Worthing, followed by refreshments.

10 years have lapsed since the original plaque was unveiled and it was in very poor condition. Worthing Borough Council have just had it restored, at their expense, and it is due to be unveiled on Monday 28 January between 11-12 together with the other 2 plaques on Beach House. Afterwards Mr and Mrs Richards are kindly hosting coffee/drinks in their apartment, The Ayrton Suite.

Anyone with links to this colony, or who lives locally and has links to BCA'37 UK is invited to attend. If you wish to attend please contact Mascha Richards
Tel: 01903-214519


12 January GLASGOW

Anderston and Kelvingrove Church, 759 Argyle St,
Glasgow G3 8DS, 1:00 pm

Developing a Children's War Museum

The aim is to present children's experience of war through their own voices and creativity — from the Basque children of 1937 to Syrian children now.

This special meeting is open to all interested parties to discuss our plans to become a registered charity with OSCR (Scottish Charity Regulator) and how we can develop the museum.

The biggest challenge in completing the application is getting the business plan and financial reporting details sorted out so we need to find someone with experience in that area to help us.

If you can think of anyone who may be interested in supporting the museum's work in any way, do let them know about this meeting. I am hoping that everyone who comes along will be able to contribute their ideas so that we can get the charity registered.

If you wish to attend, or are interested but cannot attend, please contact Brian Devlin at Eildon@hotmail.co.uk, or call 01896 756402.