For many people, their only awareness of the Gypsy and Traveller community is gleaned from recent media such as Channel 4’s My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Doncaster Gypsy and Traveller Voice project and community members want to challenge such negative media portrayals of Gypsies and Travellers, especially of young people.
The communities wish to redress the balance by engaging with their past and sharing it within their own communities and to a wider Doncaster audience. They wish to highlight the diversity; the travelling community includes Romany Gypsy, Irish Travellers, Scottish Gypsy/Travellers and economic Travellers such as Traveller Show People.
Working with the aid of Doncaster Council, the project aims to dispel myths and create a lasting legacy for Doncaster. This involves community members learning news skills-social media, photography, filmography, development of communication skills and the collection and display of artefacts.
The key showcasing of the project will occur via an exhibition at Doncaster museum, opening on 11 August and running for a month. On 18 August, two women from the travelling community, Violet Cannon and Paula Nicholson will present a talk from 11am-1pm.
Check out more information: http://www.proudgypsytraveller.co.uk/the-project/