This GRTHM website supported GRTHM between 2008 and 2011. It is no longer maintained and is hosted by the National Association of Teachers of Travellers and Other Professionals (NATT+) for interest only. Some out-of-date has been removed, but be aware that remaining pages may reference old events.

Highlights of GRTHM 2009

GRTHM in Lewisham

Lewisham in London had a rich and successful GRTHM in 2009. They produced a small PDF document to record what happened.

Download Lewisham TES PDF [1.9mb] >

London Gypsy Orchestra in Lewisham, London

The document declares: "This year's Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month again has given us all a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the rich history and culture of the Travelling communities and helped broaden our experience of the lives of Gypsy Roma Traveller communities."

GRTHM in Lewisham, organised by Lewisham Traveller Education Service included a day conference (with live music), film shows, work within schools and a concert by The London Gypsy Orchestra.

Listen to the London Gypsy Orchestra >

Storytelling Competition

We received over 800 entries covering all five key stage categories in 2009's nation competition for schools.

Storytelling competition

The winners of competition were invited to an awards ceremony that took place at Leeds Civic Hall in November 2009.

Read more >

Celebration in Essex

Step Dancing in Essex

The Traveller Education Service working in partnership with Essex Record Office and Essex Cultural Diversity Project held an event that included; displays, arts/crafts, poetry, step dancing, accordion music and a viewing of the film Gypsy Caravan: When the Road Bends.

Read more about this event in Essex

Pictures from Bourne Hall

A free event took place at Bourne Hall, in Ewell Kent, on the 20th June. The day included wagons, horses, music, peg making, and food.

View a slideshow of this event

Action-Packed Event

Haringey eventHousing organisation Central & Cecil celebrated Gypsy Roma Traveller History month on June 30 with an action-packed event at the Haringey Irish Centre, which was attended by approximately 150 people.

Read more about this event in Haringey

Photo Essay for GRTHM

Ardó photoTo coincide with GRTHM, the Guardian Newspaper presented a gallery of 18 images by photographer and writer Zsuzsanna Ardó which documents her recent time in a Roma community in Harghita County in Transylvania, Romania. A photography book 'How Long Is the Journey?', about the Hungarian Roma, will be published later this year.

See the gallery >

Getting Involved in Wales

Kathleen CassidyLocal community members, Black Voluntary Sector Network Wales (BVSNW) and a partnership of local organisations and agencies came together to hold an event to celebrate GRTHM 2009 in Cardiff on Tuesday 30 June. The day event included a talent show, exhibitions, Dukkering (fortune-telling), music, performances and guest speakers.

The one-day event was the first of its kind in Wales and the organisers are already planning a bigger festival next year with events throughout Wales.

Visit the BBC South East Wales website to read more, including an interview with National GRTHM co-ordinator Patricia Knight, and a performance by Kathleen Cassidy (pictured above).

Read the article in full >


2009 Highlights and Reviews

Bringing the House Down

Portcullis HouseOn the 1st June Gypsies, Roma and Travellers gathered in Portcullis House, London to launch their second annual Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month.

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Achievements in Leeds

William LangtonThe successes and achievements of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children in Leeds' schools were celebrated at a special event at Leeds Civic Hall was attended by the Lord Mayor of Leeds and members of the Gypsy Roma Traveller community.

Read more >

Live Music

Members of The London Gypsy Orchestra played live on the Passport World Music show on London community radio SW1. They were part of a show celebrating Gypsy, Roma and Traveller music as part of GRTHM 2009. Read more and listen >

Appleby Fair Recording

Listen to a recording specially made by four year-eight students at Appleby Grammar school with Jake Bowers.

Click here to listen (opens a new window) >

Click here to listen to a shorter version - but with images.

Pavee Céilidh in London

Irish Travellers from round the country went to the launch of a DVD made by The Irish Traveller Movement on 12th June at the Hammersmith Irish Cultural Centre in Blacks Road, Hammersmith.

Read more >

KALKAL a Serbian Gypsy Band have played a few UK dates during GRTHM, including headlining the Celebration Sanctuary Festival at Coin St on London's South Bank on Sunday 14th June.

Read a review and interview >

FK3Art Exhibition - International Roma Artist Ferdinand Koci had an exhibition in Leeds as part of their celebrations. Find out more and read about the opening night.

Redbridge PosterThe London Borough of Redbridge produced a poster celebrating Gypsy Roma Traveller curriculum work that they have done in schools.

Click on the image to see a larger version.

Download a pdf version >

Dispelling Myths

One of the aims of GRTHM is to counter-balance the widespread ignorance of Traveller communities that often leads to hatred and conflict. Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month celebrates our culture and history by tackling the negative stereotyping and prejudices that have led to this situation.

Myths and truths >