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 It is no longer maintained and is hosted by the National Association of Teachers of Travellers and Other Professionals (NATT+) for interest only. Some out-of-date has been removed, but be aware that remaining pages may reference old events.


Gypsy Dancer

Gypsies and Travellers have developed their own traditions in music, story-telling, poetry, art and design, and dance.

Their influence on artistic achievements in all these has been immense. They have helped forge such unique artistic expressions such as the art of flamenco in Southern Spain and sustain it today with their unique contribution - most of the leading exponents are Gypsy or are heavily influenced by them. And this is just one example.

Yet Roma, Gypsies and Travellers are often thought of negatively, as dirty and as trouble.

As well as emphasizing the positives we need to debunk the negatives. GRTHM through workshops, exhibitions and shows hopes to dispell some of the myths.

Gypsies suffered brutally in the hands of the Nazies. The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust remembers all of the victims of Nazi racial and social policy including the Roma & Sinti who along with the Jews were targeted for extinction.  They also work to highlight racism today and have included the story of Johnny Delaney in our materials.

See a brief history of Travellers in Britain >

The Travelling community has always included some of the most talented musicians of any period. Most people have heard of the great guitarist Django Reinhardt, a Belgian Sinto Gypsy and one of Europe's first great Jazz musicians. In the present day Le Taraf de Haïdouks, Fanfare Ciocarlia and Hungarian Gypsy Orchestra are among the most popular orchestral performers in the world. The critically-acclaimed rock band Gogol Bordello and their frontman Eugene Hütz are fusing traditional Gypsy music with new forms for a wider audience to promote Romani rights.

In the past, many classical composers such as Debussy and Liszt were inspired by traditional Gypsy music. Now youth from the Travelling communities are starting to express their heritage through new musical forms: in the UK, artists such as Tommy Pearce and Jamal Jimenez are part of a growing Gypsy Rap movement which is taking GRT music in new directions.

The Travelling communities have influenced and enriched our culture more than most people realise.

Featured stories

Irish Travellers

Scottish Travellers

Roma Holocaust

War Heroes

Act of Compassion

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 >