What is GRTHM?
Britain’s 300,000 Gypsies, Roma and Travellers have lived, worked and travelled throughout Britain for over 500 years, yet have been almost entirely written out of British history.
In most museums, libraries and schools little about the history and culture of GRT communities is kept or taught. The result is a widespread ignorance which sometimes turns to hatred, fear and misunderstanding. In schools, children learn more about the Romans, Vikings or even fairies than they do about GRT cultures and what they have contributed to this world.
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller history month aims to change that.
Ninety years ago the Black community realised how powerful remembering and sharing their history could be. So each June, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities come together to educate the British public about who we are and where we come from.
If people do not realise that they were an important part of Britain’s past, they will never accept them as a crucial part of Britain’s future. Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month celebrates the culture and history of the Traveller communities by tackling the negative stereotyping and prejudices that have led to this situation.
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller history month is a partnership between our communities and those in local and central government who want to help us, but it needs the active involvement of everybody from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community to succeed.