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The annual Len Crome memorial lecture series



The annual Len Crome memorial lectures and conferences are held in memory of Dr Len Crome.

Len Crome went to Spain with the Scottish Ambulance Unit in December 1936, before joining the International Brigades in March 1937. He eventually became the Chief Medical Officer for the Spanish Republic's 35th Division, a role he performed with great competance and imagination. By placing mobile hospitals as near to the front as possible, Len probably provided his patients with better treatment than they would have received in famous London teaching hospitals. A full obituary for Len Crome, originally published in the Independent, can be found here.

From 2002 to 2012, the lectures were given by leading historians in their fields at London's Imperial War Museum. The initial nine are available in a collected volume, Looking Back at the Spanish Civil War, published by Lawrence & Wishart in 2010 (edited by Jim Jump).


Angela Jackson

Beyond the Battlefield: A cave Hospital in the Spanish Civil War


Helen Graham

The Return of Republican Memory


Richard Baxell

Writer of Fighter? Laurie Lee and the International Brigades


Paul Preston

The Crimes of Franco


Enrique Moradiellos

Albion’s Perfidy: The British Government and the Spanish Civil War


Julián Casanova

The Spanish Civil War: History and Memory


Ángel Viñas

September 1936: Stalin’s Decision to Support the Spanish Republic


Francisco J Romero Salvadó

Killing the Dream: The Spanish Labyrinth Revisited, 1898-1939


Richard Baxell

Three Months in Spain: The British Battalion at Madrigueras and Jarama from January to March 1937


Linda Palfreeman

¡Salud! The British Contribution to the Republican Medical Service during the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939


Peter Carroll

From Guernica to Human Rights: The Spanish Civil War in the 21st Century

In 2013 the memorial event took on a new format in a new home: the Manchester Conference Centre for five years. The invidual lectures were replaced by a day of talks and discussions, but still involving contributions by leading academics from around the world. In 2018 the conference was held in Bristol’s Colston Hall and in 2019 the venue was Kellogg College, Oxford. There was no conference in 2020 because of the covid-19 pandemic. The 2021 event was held online.


Homage to Catalonia 75 years on


Richard Baxell: George Orwell and the British Battalion

Paul Preston*: George Orwell and the Spanish Civil War

Tom Buchanan: Homage to Catalonia; its reception and impact

Chris Hall: Not Just Orwell; the Independent Labour Party Volunteers


* Paul Preston was unwell, but his paper was delivered by IBMT Secretary, Jim Jump.



Taking Sides: Artists and Writers on the Spanish Civil War


Carl-Henrik Bjerstrom: Republican Education and the Arts

Carmen Herrero: Representation of the International Brigades in Spanish Cinema

Jane Rogoyska: Gerda Taro and Robert Capa. Photographing War

Valentine Cunningham: Aestheticising Tragedy



Guernica: the destruction of a town and  the creation of a masterpiece


Nick Rankin: Making History. George L Steer and the Tree of Gernika

Gijs van Hensbergen: The Birth of Guernica

Xabier Irujo: The Terror Bombing of Guernica

Manuel Moreno: The Basque Children and the Aid to Spain Movement



Women and the Spanish Civil War


Paul Preston: Pasionaria of steel: the life of Dolores Ibárruri

Helen Graham: Wars of development. Margaret Michaelis’ images of 1930s Barcelona

Sylvia Martin: Aileen Palmer and the British Medical Unit

Linda Palfreeman: Fernanda Jacobsen: Samaritan or spy?



Liberty's Volunteers: the timeless legacy of the Spanish Civil War

Richard Baxell: 'Britons in Spain': Internationalism & National Identity in the International Brgades

Giles Tremlett: The Political Legacy of Francoism



Aid Spain: the molbilisation of support in Britain during the Spanish Civil War

Emily Mason: No Faith In Fascism: The Christian Left and the Aid Spain Movement

Tom Buchanan: Looking Back at Jim Fyrth’s The Signal Was Spain



Football and the Spanish Civil War

Daniel Gray

Sid Lowe                                                                                             



Was the Spanish Republic worth dying for?

Helen Graham

Paul Preston

Richard Baxell (chair)