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Walk: ‘Islington in the Spanish Civil War’, exploring the lives of Islington people who played a part in the war in Spain, with a Clerkenwell & Islington Guides Association guide. Meet at 11am at the Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU. Free.

‘Banners for Spain’ exhibition at Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB, showcasing six newly conserved Aid Spain banners plus other artefacts from the Marx Memorial Library and Islington’s archives. Monday-Saturday (closed Wednesday) 10am-5pm; free admission.

Unveiling of new memorial plaque to the International Brigaders of Renfrewshire* will be unveiled at 10.30am (assemble 10am) in front of the Renfrewshire Council building on Cotton Street, Paisley PA1 1WB (opposite Paisley Abbey); all welcome.

Lunchtime talk: British Volunteers in the 1937 Battles of the Spanish Civil War: by Ray Wilkinson; 12.30pm-2pm in the Officers’ Mess of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers at the Tower of London. Organised by the Battlefields Trust, the event includes a sandwich lunch and a glass of wine.

May Day lecture in the first Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast, at 7pm. The event is taking place on the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Jarama and will include May Day greetings from Jimmy Kelly, the regional officer for Unite, plus a presentation on the history and memory of the International Brigades. For further information, contact 07751 951785.

‘A Tale of Two Hostels’: exhibition and presentation evening, including rare film footage, about two Cambridge buildings used to house refugees in the 1930s: the Basque refugee hostel in Station Road and the Jewish refugee hostel in Parkside. 6.30pm for 7pm at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge CB3 9DP. Organised by the Parkside Federation and the Red Balloon Learner Centre.

Screening at 7.30pm of Juan Antonio Bardem’s ‘Siete Días de Enero’ (‘Seven Days in January’; 1979, with English subtitles) at HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN. The film is a reconstruction of the 1977 Massacre of Atocha, when the neo-fascist La Triple A (Anti-Communist Apostolic Alliance) murdered five left-wing lawyers in an attempt to destabilise Spain’s return to democracy and provoke a coup d’état. Part of the 2017 ¡Viva!

Film: Stephen Bowles’s acclaimed documentary ‘The Guernica Children’ 7pm at the Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU, to mark 80 years since the Guernica’s aerial bombardment by Nazi war planes. Introduced by Herminio Martínez, one of the nearly 4,000 Basque refugee children who came to Britain in 1937. www.marx-memorial-library.org

A blue plaque is to be unveiled at 12pm at Lancing Library (Penstone Park, Lancing BN15 9DL), where in 1937 Penstone House welcomed a group of refugee Basque children from northern Spain. The library will be hosting an exhibition and there will be musical entertainment and food. Speakers include Jim Jump and Manuel Moreno of the IBMT. Event organised by Lancing Parish Council.

Lecutre 'The Last Days of the Spanish Republic' by Paul Preston, at University of Oxford, Oxford Martin School Lecture Theatre, 34 Broad Street, Oxford, starting at 2pm. As part of the Oxford Literary Festival...

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