BCA'37 UK Essay Prizes 2020

We will not be awarding a prize this year due to the low number of entrants. We understand that this may, in large part, be due to the current turbulent situation and its consequent effect on studies.

We wish you all well and hope that by next September the situation will have changed for us all - and for the better!

We invite submissions for the The 2021 Natalia Benjamin Prize for English speakers and for El Premio BCA'37 UK, 2021 for Spanish and Basque speakers. Closing date midnight, 30 September 2021.

More information – Mas información – Informazio gehiago

Association forthcoming events


Please read the implications of the situation to our activites here …

News, Events & Reports

Exhibition at the Museo Salesiana

Exhibition at the Museo Salesiana in Madrid

A short report by Mariano García Borreguero
(in English and Spanish) can be read here …

Recordando a Herminio

One of the sad outcomes of these times is that we are not able to meet together to pay tribute to those among us who have died. Although Herminio Martínez died before the virus reared its ugly head, it has meant that the family's plan for a commemorative event have not been able to be realised.

We have recently received a poem from Marina Morales, a friend to the association and to Herminio that is dedicated to his memory. Below are the first two stanzas, the entire poem can be read here ….

RECORDANDO A HERMINIO — por Marina Morales

En el orfeón del viento,
Afinando su sonido,
Escalando un viejo roble,
Herminio, niño infinito.

Brilla en tu pecho una estrella,
No hay derrota en tu latido.
Sobre el árbol de la aurora,
Pájaro y, de nuevo, niño.

New article & publication

Firing a Shot for Freedom, the memoirs of Frida Stewart

with foreword and afterword by Angela Jackson,
author of British Women and the Spanish Civil War

Frida Stewart played in important role in the care of the Niños de la Guerra, both in Spain and in the UK. It was she who collected and edited the songbook "Songs of the Basque Children".

Angela has also provided this article, which is also to be found in our Articles Section.

[A Spanish translation by MDL Power can also be found here … — please refer to the English version for the photographs.]

The book is published by Clapton Press at £9.99. More details here …

New mural in Gernika/Guernica

Mural in Gernika

This beautiful work of art [recently unveiled] depicts some of the 4000 children who left Santurtzi/Santurce on the 21 May 1937 on the SS Habana to escape the war in Euskadi.

Report by Simon Martinez here …

Fighting Basques - Call for participation

Fighting Basques project

Did one of your family members, who came on the Habana in 1937, go onto serve in the armed forces during World War 2?

If so, you are invited to join the Fighting Basques Project in collaboration with BCA'37 UK.

More details here …

June 12th Refugee Week 2020

An article in Spanish on the Havens East online exhibition was published recently (21 June 2020) in El Correo. Read a copy here …
Havens East web site

The Havens East Project's new, online exhibition will be live from 12 June 2020 at www.havenseast.org

"Havens East uncovers the incredible stories of the Basque child refugees who came to Norfolk and Cambridge during the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939)."

Read the latest update here …

The Spanish Civil War in Barakaldo
- Eleven Months of Resistance

Koldobika López Grandoso - author
Maria Dolores Power - translator

£28.00 (includes UK postage and packing)

Reduced in price - limited time only! £16.99 (including p&p in UK)

Details in our shop …

For other recently posted and older notices, click here.


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 eNotice

From the Archives

Newsletter 10, Nov 2008, pp2-3

Homage in Bilbao
by Natalia Benjamin
Newsletter 10, November 2008, pp2-3 Read the full article here …
… y en español aquí …

… an article you may have missed:

"The many Histories of
the Basque Refugee Children
in Britain"

by Dr Edward Packard

Read the full article here …

(First published in The online journal Childhood Remixed May 2018)

… and from our photo gallery:

Jaime David Peraldo

Jaime David Peraldo
The Oaks Colony, Carshalton, Surrey
Collection of A.M.C. Kilner (Sánchez)
(click on the image for a larger version)

Articles & Reviews

"El primer exilio de los vascos, 1936-1939"
por Jesús J. Alonso Carballés
"The first exile of the Basques, 1936-1939"
by Jesús J. Alonso Carballés, translated by MDL Power
"Frida Stuart y los Niños Vascos"
por Angela Jackson, traducido por MDL Power

View more articles here …

View more event reports here …