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The annual Len Crome memorial lecture series

27/11/2015

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.

2002

Angela Jackson

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

2003

Helen Graham

The Return of Republican Memory

2004

Richard Baxell

Writer of Fighter? Laurie Lee and the International Brigades

2005

Paul Preston

The Crimes of Franco

2006

Enrique Moradiellos

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

2007

Julián Casanova

The Spanish Civil War: History and Memory

2008

Ángel Viñas

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

2009

Francisco J Romero Salvadó

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

2010

Richard Baxell

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

2011

Linda Palfreeman

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

2012

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. The invidual lectures were replaced by a day of talks and discussions, but still involving contributions by leading academics from around the world:

2013

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.

 

2014

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

 

2015

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

 

2016

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?

 

2017

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