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Basque refugee children in Swansea 1937-1938

The exploits of the Welsh volunteers who took part in the Spanish Civil War are well known. But did you know that Swansea gave shelter to 80 children from the Basque Country?

Basque Refugees

Basque Children
They are commemorated in a set of 112 haunting glass negatives held by West Glamorgan Archives, which have remained hidden - until now.  

This is the story of the Basque children who came to Swansea in summer 1937.

Civil war in Spain
The children arrive at Sketty Park House
The Mayor's Fund
The story of Captain David 'Potato' Jones
'Little Ambassadors'

Take a look at of the pictures we hold. (PDF) [7MB]

First of all, our film sets the scene:

Follow the links above to read the full story. 

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Last modified on 21 February 2023