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Tickets for the IBMT's annual Len Crome Memorial Conference are now available: Was the Spanish Republic worth dying for? Paul Preston in conversation with Helen Graham.


The Executive Committee has agreed that the IBMT’s postponed 2020 Annual General Meeting will be held online at 11am on Saturday 20 March 2021.

Marlene Sidaway at annual commemoration

A new year message from IBMT President Marlene Sidaway...

Ken Loach's Land and Freedom

IBMT member Tom Sibley has sent in this response to Ken Loach’s exclusive article in ¡No Pasarán! 3-2020, which was a retrospective on his award-winning Spanish Civil War film 25 years on. 

Catalan government appeals for help in identifying Ebro dead

Excavations have begun at the site of a front line hospital used during the Battle of the Ebro, to identify those buried there, which it is believed includes some International Brigaders. Descendants of International Brigaders might be able to help with the identification process.

Cornford and Heinemann

This December marks 105 years since the birth of John Cornford, International Brigader and communist poet. In this feature Jim Jump looks back at the poems that Cornford and his lover, communist writer Margot Heinemann, exchanged in the lead-up and aftermath to his death in December 1936.

James Maley POW

James Maley (1908-2007) was an International Brigade volunteer, trade unionist and Second World War veteran from Glasgow. This post was written by his son Willy Maley, after he came across a recording of an interview his father gave to the Imperial War Museum in 1991, which Willy has transcribed.

Wild, Berry, Fletcher, Kelly

IBMT member and history teacher Tony Fox is carrying out research on International Brigaders. Here he reveals the links between the Brigaders, especially the last commander of the British Battalion Sam Wild, and Tom Mann, veteran of the British labour movement.

Margaret Powell

Margaret Powell (1913-1990) served as a front-line nurse in Aragón in the winter of 1937-1938 and was later transferred to Barcelona where she worked in several hospitals. She was the last British International Brigade nurse to leave Spain. This is an extract from an article that she wrote in Spain for the April 1938 issue of British Nursing Journal, which was reprinted in the IBMT Newsletter Issue 27/Autumn 2010.


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