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"Hear voices from a far distance": The news, Ninos Vascos and Brigadistas in southeast London

The Marx Memorial Library will be hosting a talk by Andy Brockman on 12th December

It can be suggested that the Spanish Civil War was the first conflict to receive the kind of intimate, almost real-time, picture-led reporting which is commonplace today. This coverage in turn shaped, and arguably often drove, the political and popular responses to the conflict.

With the issues of intervention in foreign conflicts and the response of society to refugees today still very much a live issue, it is both fascinating and necessary to examine the responses of seventy-five years ago.

The talk will examine how the community in southeast London receive news from Spain and how it responded to it at a political, humanitairian and activist level through political action, volunteering for service in Spain and by accommodating Basque refugee children.

Andy Brockman biography: Andy Brockman is a community archaeologist based in southeast London and a specialist in the archaeology of modern conflict. Since discovering the story of the Basque children's colony at the Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society Conference Centre at Shornells in Abbey Wood, he has been researching community responses to the Spanish Civil War in the Woolwich area. In 2010 he directed the first excavation on the site of Tom Wintringham's "Picture Post"-sponsored Home Guard School at Osterley Park.


Andy Brockman | talks


Date and Time:

12 December 2011 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Marx Memorial Library
37a Clerkenwell Green

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