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2pm-3.45pm in the Function Room, Laing Art Gallery, Bridge St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG: ‘To Make the People Smile Again’,  BBC radio drama/documentary on the Spanish Civil War and the British contingent of the International Brigades, including interviews with survivors, plus talks by drama producer Steve Chambers (University of Northumbria) and Martin Ellis (Zymurgy Publishing); free; part of the exhibition ‘Conscience and Conflict: British Artists

2pm-3pm in the Function Room, Laing Art Gallery, Bridge St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG: Ysanne Holt (Professor of Art History, University of Northumbria ), talks about ‘Visual Culture and Class: Britain in the 1930s’; £2 (students free); part of the exhibition ‘Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War’ (see above), which is at the Laing Art Gallery until 7 June; www.twmus

International conference organised by the KFSR German International Brigades memorial association on the theme “Spanish fighters and guerrilleros in the fight against fascism after the end of the Spanish war” ( More information here: 

The Marx Memorial Library (37a Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU) opens its doors for May Day tours from 10am; among its many historic artefacts is the oldest surviving banner of the British Battalion in Spain.

Dr Lewis Mates (Durham University) talks about the International Brigade volunteers from the North-East; 6.30pm-7.30pm at Newcastle City Library, Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge St West, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG. To book a place, phone Newcastle City Library on 0191 277 4100 or visit

Talk by IBMT Treasurer Charles Jepson ‘From Bilbao to Manchester, the Basque child refugees of 1937’at the Working Class Movement Library (51 The Crescent, Salford, M5 3WX); from 2pm; admission free.

Talk on ‘Radical Irish Manchester’ including ‘Bernard McKenna: International Brigader’ from 8pm, Unison Conference Room, Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, M60 2LA; admission free. 

Performance of 'Soledad', a short play about one woman's experience of the Spanish Civil War, from 3pm-3.45pm at the People's History Museum (Left Bank, Manchester M3 3ER) as part of International Women's Day. 

Gerda Taro biographer Jane Rogoyska talks about: ‘Photographer Gerda Taro during the Spanish Civil War’; 6pm, Cowdray House, LSE, Portugal St, London WC2A 2HT; chaired by Paul Preston; see

At the Tolson Museum, Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Road, Huddersfield HD5 8DJ at 2pm, film plus Q&A about the reception and care of the refugee children from northern Spain’s Basque Country who found sanctuary in Britain during the Spanish Civil War; with Dr Adrian Bell, author of “Only for Three Months”, Alan Brooke of Huddersfield Local History Society and Carmen Kilner, trustee of the Basque Children of ’37 Association UK.


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