News, Notices & Events

Florita Bonilla de Santamaria

We are sad to announce passing of Florita Bonilla de Santamaria
on 6th March 2016.

The funeral was held on Friday 8th April at 3pm at West Chapel, Golders Green Crematorium, 62 Hoop Lane, Golders Green, London NW11 7NL.

Read more about Florita's life by her son Luis …
Manningham Lane Children

Peace Museum Exhibition

This exhibition closes on 20 April 2016. See details here.

This exhibition looks at the district's role in helping child refugees from the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.

The Dr Barnardo children's home on Manningham Lane, Bradford, and the Morton Banks Sanatorium in East Riddlesden housed children aged between five and 15 from northern Spain.

Read more in this Telegraph and Argus article

See also The Peace Museum's web site

Pendragon House

A visit to Pendragon House in Caerleon

The prize winning journalist Cristobál Ramírez*, from "Voz de Galicia" records a visit to Pendragon House in Caerleon. Read more …

* "Soy periodista, nací en Ferrol en 1952 y desde 1980 trabajo en La Voz de Galicia, periódico de A Coruña con 13 ediciones diarias, donde fui adjunto al Director. Soy premio Nacional de Periodismo (1990). Mi carrera la hice sobre todo en la sección de Internacional. Vivo al lado de Santiago. Presidí durante 20 años la Asociación Internacional de Periodistas del Camino de Santiago."

Hull children

Story of the Spanish Civil War children who sought refuge in Yorkshire.

An exhibition in Bradford tells the largely forgotten story of the Basque children who came to the UK to escape the Spanish Civil War … in the Yorkshire Post, 3 February 2016.

Read more …


Read our New section in the "Reference menu" entitled "List: Niños in GB 1948"

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Leamington's Basque Connection

by Margaret Rushton and John Baldwin

Leamington History Group's article recounting memories of Basque children who came to live locally.

Read more …

Southampton Archives

Southampton Archives

Archives are now housed at the University of Southampton.

On Monday January 4th 2016, Karen Robson, head archivist and Carmen Kilner of BC’37A, signed the documents formally passing our archives into the care of the Special Collection.

More details …

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 Articles

Slide presentation by Roger Vlitos of the Faringdon Collection, by kind permission of Lord Faringdon.

By Don Watson

By Diana Gulland

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