On 12/13 May, the University of Southampton hosted a weekend-long event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the arrival of Basque child refugees in Southampton. The children were housed in a camp at Eastleigh and were welcomed warmly by the local community (if not by the UK national government) and were entirely maintained by public subscription and local support. This report by ITV tells the refugees’ incredible story.
The event was attended by about 250 members of the public, niños and their families, the Spanish ambassador, members of the Basque government and senior leaders within the University. One of the organisers of the event, Alicia Pozo-Gutierrez, is also one of the OpenLIVES project team, and it is her primary research that will be published as open content as part of the project.
The OpenLIVES team (plus our excellent student helpers) were there on the day, taking pictures, recording interviews and videos. Find these open resources on HumBox and learn more about the project.