Association Notices


Our recent Twitter activity / La actividad reciente de Twitter

Children from twitter feed Children from euskadi twitter feed

As you are probably aware, we have two Twitter accounts: Ed Packard has been running the UK account since 2017.

Como probablemente sabréis, tenemos dos Twitter: La edición de Euskadi fue creada por Gaizka Garamendi en 2020.

More information here
Más información aquí

Prestigious Award for Natalia Benjamin

Natalia Benjamin

We are delighted that Natalia Benjamin will soon receive an Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University for her important work on the testimony and historical memory of refugees, which is recognised as being of international importance.

We will give more details as they become available.

Other News, Events & Reports

Bradford Peace Museum

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Our friends at the Bradford Peace Museum have been short listed for the Museums Change Live Awards 2021, in the category Best Small Museum Project. We wish them every success!

We would also remind you that their Bombs…Away! exhibition is still on line. It has a section on the Basque children. See more details below …

Modern Records Centre at Warwick University

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We would like to draw your attention to this very informative archive of documents charting some of the major events in the history of the Basque Children's evacuation in 1937.

View it here …

The Experience of Basque refugee children in Swansea in the 1930s

By David Morris, Archivist, West Glamorgan Archive Service

Read it here … on the web site of Archifau Cymru/Archives Wales

… and see also this YouTube presentation …


Spanish Civil War refugee urges Cumbria to support Afghans

Carmen Cid, 92, lives in Carlisle and left Spain when she was eight years old to come to the UK. She called for more help to be given to Afghan asylum seekers …

Read the full article here …

Talk by Carmen Kilner at the IBMT AGM

Open talk by Carmen Kilner 'The Basque Children of 1937', which will be followed by Q & A.

October 9th, 4.30 - 6pm. Southampton Civic Centre, Civic Centre Road, SO14 7LY. Comms room 3 & 4. This will be part of IBMT AGM but all are welcome to attend the talk.

Full details ….

The Nutmeg Podcast: "From Blitzkrieg to the Bernabeu"

Daniel Gray tells the incredible tale of the Basque refugee children exiled to Britain during the Spanish Civil War who became professional footballers.

Listen here ….

Basque child refugees: untold stories from the National Archives

To mark Refugee Week 2021, the National Archives have produced a short film about the Basque children. It can be viewed on YouTube via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zf80IP8x0c

Update on "Crowd Pledging"

Save the Children

Project for the publication in English of Gregorio Arrien’s ¡Salvad a Los Niños! / Save the children! The History of the Basque Exile to Great Britain 1937 - 1940.
More information …

"Thank you" to the people who have already made pledges to support this project. I am pleased to say that we are a quarter of the way there! Please consider making a pledge, the larger the better of course. In pledging a donation to fund this project you must not send money — just make a pledge by contacting me at simonmartinez1937@yahoo.com



Please visit the Peace Museum's new Bombs…Away! online exhibition.
We were pleased to help with the section on the Basque children.

Bombs…Away! explores the impact of aerial bombardment against civilians during World War Two and uses The Peace Museum's unique collection to examine how peace campaigns formed in response …

Visit the exhibition at: www.bombsawayexhibition.com

Haven's East: The Lost History of Basque Child Refugees in 1930s East Anglia

A National Lottery funded project investigating the history of the Basque children at colonies in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. We were pleased to contribute to the research and development of this exhibition.

Visit the exhibition at: www.havenseast.org, read about the background to the project here …, and read this Report on Refugee week 2021 by Ed Packard

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 …

Newsletter / Boletín

From the Archives

Newsletter 12, November 2009, p8

Good food and a beautiful house: the Shornells colony
by Andy Brockman
Newsletter 12, November 2009, p8 Read the full article here …

… an article you may have missed:

Researching the Basque Children by Natalia Benjamin

Read the full article here …

From Another Archive:

Basque children in Britain
Basque Children in Britain

From The Library - Modern Records Centre at Warwick University

Read the full article here …

Articles & Reviews

"The Basque Children in Arkley - 1937-42"
by Jeff Gale
[With grateful thanks to the Barnet Museum for their permission to publish this article]

View more articles here …

View more event reports here …