Basque Exhibition – Special Opening Review

Thank you to everybody who attended the special event: Basque Children in Yorkshire 1937 Opening Evening on Thursday 18th February. The event was an opportunity for people to view the exhibition produced by the Basque Children of ’37 Association UK which tells the story of child refugees from the Spanish Civil War who were evacuated and brought to Britain.  The event also included a film screening of ‘The Guernica Children’ a film produced in association with the BC’37A and an informal Q/A session with Carmen Kilner of the Basque Association. The evening was a huge success!  More than 50 people attended including Maria Luisa, a child Basque refugee who came over from the Basque country on the Habana in 1937 and stayed at camps in Hull and Scarborough.

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Maria Luisa (on the left) with a Syrian refugee of today (on the right) .

It was great to see so many people were interested to discover more about the often untold story of the Basque Children and to discuss the parallels this has with the modern refugee crisis, with the huge scale of children and adults that are attempting to flee to Europe from war torn countries such as Syria. We have had the exhibit here at the Peace Museum since December 2015 and it is going to remain until at least April of this year, so don’t worry if you could not come to the event or if you have not yet had chance to visit the exhibit, there is still the opportunity to visit. The Museum is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 16:00 or at other times by prior arrangement. Group visits are welcome. Contact [email protected] for more information on visiting. For more information on the BCA’37UK visit www.basquechildren.org. 20160218_18041920160218_17240420160218_184310 20160218_172350     By Sarah Bartey

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