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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.
Web site last updated on: 27 March 2015
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28 March 2015
Arturo Barea: From Civil War Madrid to Exile in Oxfordshire
Talk by William Chislett. Introduced by Harry Eyres.
Part of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival
Bodleian: Divinity School
17 January 2015 – 29 March 2015
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.
(offprinted from 'Records of Bucks' Vol. 54 2014