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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Images in new online archive mark 75th anniversary of child refugees coming to UK

Archives of material about child refugees evacuated to the UK to escape the Spanish Civil War 75 years ago have gone online at the University of Warwick, as part of the largest English-language digital collection on the conflict. This week marks the 75th anniversary of the arrival of around 4,000 children from the Basque region of Spain. The youngsters left Bilbao by boat and arrived in Southampton on 23rd May 1937. Over the past 13 months more than 13,000 pages of documents relating to the Spanish Civil War have been digitised by the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick. The online collection contains letters, reports and publicity material from the Trades Union Congress files and other key archive collections. Among the documents are reports and photographs of a makeshift refugee camp set up for the Basque children who were evacuated to the UK

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