80th Anniversary News, Notices & Events

This year is the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Habana and its 4,000 children passengers.

We are involved with a series of public events around the UK and in the Basque Country; these are listed below. Details and new events will be added as we receive them so please check the web for full details nearer the proposed date.

Do let us know of other events relating to the Basque niños by emailing: secretary@basquechildren.org

Friday 28th July - BRIGHTON

University of Brighton Gallery, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY, 5:30pm – 9pm
Open invitation to the Private Viewing of the exhibition Guernica Remakings. The exhibition, curated by Dr Nicola Ashmore, features works from across the globe that remake Picasso's original Guernica for political protests and resonates with the original intention of the work – "to push back at those in power who choose to act to the detriment of civilians."

More details here.

28th July - HULL


Plaque unveiling and showing of 'The Guernica Children' - 34 Pearson Park, Hull HU5 2TD, 2pm.
Unveiling of a plaque at the site of a home for refugee Basque children during the Spanish Civil War, followed by a showing of the documentary 'The Guernica Children' and a talk by Manuel Moreno, BCA'37 UK in the nearby Pearson Park bowling pavilion.

3rd July - 11th August BILBAO

Archivo Historico de Euskadi, María Díaz de Haroko Kalea, 3, 48013 Bilbo
Exposición 'La Caida de Bilbao, en Primer Plano'
Basque and Spanish
View full poster here.
More details here.

31st July - 23rd August - BRIGHTON

University of Brighton Gallery, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY
"Guernica Remakings". An exhibition exploring the ongoing power of Pablo Picasso's iconic painting Guernica (1937) through a display of contemporary reworkings.

More details here.

18th June - 24th September - SALFORD (Greater Manchester)

Exhibition In Search of the Basque Children in Salford and Eccles - Ordsall Hall, 322 Ordsall Lane, Ordsall, Salford M5 3AN
Salford based artist Claire Hignett has been researching a group of Basque children evacuated from the Spanish Civil War who came to Salford and Eccles in 1937.
Finding stories in old newspapers and talking to people who still remember them, she creates this exhibition to tell this hidden story.
More details …

• Report by Simon Martinez on the exhibition
• A report by Barbara Coombs on the talk at this event

28th August - DUNDEE

Exhibition and showing of 'The Guernica Children' - Dundee Library
(More details nearer the time)

7th October - MONTROSE

Concert with na-mara,laying flowers at existing plaque, BCA'37 exhibition and stall.
(More details nearer the time)

9th October - EDINBURGH

Showing of "The Guernica Children", exhibition, talk, Q & A session.
(Still in planning stages - more details nearer the time)

Other News, Notices & Events


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Annual Meeting

The annual comida of los niños vascos took place on the 28 May.

Ten of the children were joined by ninety family members for an afternoon of conversation, remembering, smiles and a few tears, good food and wine.

Thanks to Luis and Amaya for organising this wonderful event. Thanks to Manuel for organising the raffle which raised £315 for the Basque Children Association. And thank you to the staff of the Melia Hotel who made us so welcome.

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Muchas Gracias, Simon Martinez

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 …

From the Archives

Newsletter No 13, May 2010, page 8

What happened to the Habana?

[She] remained at Southampton until 29 May when she left for the return passage to Bilbao, once again escorted by the destroyer Fearless …

Read the full article here …

… and an article you may have missed:

"The Blockade of Bilbao"

A talk given by Prof. Michael Alpert at the Marx Memorial Library, 21st June 2008.

Read the full article here …

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