News, Events & Reports

Unveiling of a Sculpture to the Children of the War
Held in Santurtzi on 18 November 2022

Children's Statue in Santurtzi

Read our collection of bilingual reports of this event here …

Lea nuestros informes bilingües de este evento aquí …

Elisita Webber (née Iturralde)

Elisita Webber (née Iturralde)

We regret to announce the death in Milton Keynes of Elisita Webber (née Iturralde) aged 92 years on 27 August 2022.

We send our deepest condolences to his family at this time.

More details here …

The Basque Refugee Children in Chandler's Ford

The Basque Refugee Children in Chandlers Ford

Exhibition at Chandler's Ford Library - 12 November to 31 December

The camp at North Stoneham was in Chandler's Ford in the summer of 1937.

We are very pleased to see the camp remembered there and to see the work of Stuart Allen.

Commemorative events for 85th Anniversary

As you know, we had to postpone the three events planned for 19 and 20 September and are in the process of reorganising them. These have now been re-organised as follows:

SS Habana Panel Discussion University of Southampton
Wednesday 7 December at 5pm. Attached is a link to the Eventbrite site for anyone wishing to register.

Memorial to the Basque children in Southampton

Click on these links for articles on the unveiling on 22nd October
Southampton Memorial


Daily Echo

El Correo

Article by Anthony D Padgett artist and sculptor

Report and Thank Yous for the memorial to the Basque Children at Town Quay Park, Southampton, by Simon Martinez here …

Reportaje y agradecimiento por el memorial a los niños vascos en Town Quay Park, Southampton, por Simón Martínez aquí …

Photographs of the event in our gallery

Law of Democratic Memory

A new Law of Democratic memory was approved on the 5th of October 2022 and has implications amongst other things, for those seeking Spanish Nationality. It offers a window for obtaining Spanish Nationality / Citizenship for descendants of the Niños and Maestras.

Read this article by Simon Martinez here …

*** More help and guidance from Simon in this new document …

El Senado aprueba de forma definitiva la Ley de Memoria Democrática

Se incluyen dos nuevos supuestos de adquisición de nacionalidad española para quienes sufrieron el exilio: los hijos e hijas, nacidos en el exterior, de españolas que perdieron su nacionalidad por casarse con extranjeros antes de 1978, y los hijos e hijas mayores de edad de españoles a quienes les fue reconocida la nacionalidad de origen en virtud del derecho de opción.

Más información aquí …

The Senate definitively approves the Law of Democratic Memory.

Two new circumstances for acquiring Spanish nationality are included for those who suffered exile: the sons and daughters, born abroad, of Spanish women who lost their nationality because they married foreigners before 1978, and the adult sons and daughters of Spaniards whose nationality of origin was recognized by virtue of the right of option.

More information here … (in Spanish)

The Intergenerational Transmission of Memory: The Legacies of Spanish Republican Exile

Call to first, second and third generations of niños to participate in a research project about family memories.

Principal investigator Dr. Monica Jato. Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. The study focuses on the communication of memory among the first, second and third generations of Spanish exiles. Read full introduction and how to participate here

Exhibitions Live & Online

Athletic Club Bilbao and BCA’37 UK & BCA’37UK-Euskadi

Until December 2022.
Exhibition "The children of '37 in the United Kingdom" at the Museum, San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao.

More details here ….

Athletic Club Bilbao y BCA'37 UK & BCA'37UK-Euskadi

Hasta diciembre de 2022.
Exposición "Los niños del 37 en el Reino Unido" en el Museo, Estadio de San Mamés, Bilbao.

Más detalles aquí ….


Please visit the Peace Museum's 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:

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:, 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

75th Anniversary Newsletter 17, November 2012, page 25

Plaque unveiled at Blackboys
Newsletter 17, November 2012, page 25 Read the full article here …

… an article you may have missed:

The Blockade of Bilbao
by Prof. Michael Alpert

Read the full article here …

From Another Archive:

Southampton Home for
Basque Children, 1937

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Eastleigh Library
Hampshire Library & Information Service

Read the two articles here …
and here …

Articles & Reviews

"Ardmore House, Manor Road, Guildford"
by Emilia Chadwick, daughter of Rodolfo Vela Santos
"Re-tracing Our History"
by James Chadwick

View more articles here …

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