North Stoneham Camp for Basque Children

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Photographs including medical staff, children, 1937; letters, postcards (mainly in Spanish) from Juan Alfonso Garcia to Eleanor Hickman, c.1937.

Administrative / Biographical History

The North Stoneham Camp near Eastleigh, Hampshire was established under the auspices of the Basque Children's Committee in 1937 to care for the children of Basque refugees from the Spanish Civil War. In May 1937 over three thousand refugee children arrived in Britain on the ship Habana and were taken to the North Stoneham Camp, which had been swiftly erected by volunteers to receive them. The camp was intended as a stop-gap measure and, following the dispersal of the children to host families, it closed down in September 1937. Eleanor Hickman, some of whose correspondence is included in this collection, was one of the volunteers at the North Stoneham Camp.

Reference: Tom Buchanan, Britain and the Spanish Civil War (Cambridge,1997).


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by Mrs. Valerie Vowles in 1998.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level description and a box list of this archive are available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

An authority record exists for the North Stoneham Camp for Basque Children (GB 152 AAR2243) and for Eleanor Hickman (GB 152 AAR2244).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

No weeding or destruction has taken place of archives in this collection.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds the following archives: papers of Wilfrid Roberts MP, a leading figure in the Basque Children's Committee and other Spanish relief bodies, (MSS.308); Olga McCleland, Assistant Secretary, National Joint Committee for Spanish Relief (Basque Children's Committee): address book, photograph of Mrs. McCleland, and two phonograph records of traditional Basque songs recorded by the Basque Children's Choir, 1937-1938 (MSS.21/3535).

Liverpool University holds the papers of Eleanor Rathbone MP (1872-1946), who was a member of the National Joint Committee for Spanish Relief and the Honorary Secretary of the Parliamentary Committee on Refugees.