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North Stoneham Camp for Basque Children

Snapshots taken by Eleanor Hickman, a volunteer at the North Stoneham Camp near Eastleigh, Hampshire [document reference: MSS.393/1/1-6].

The camp 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.