Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month 2024

Please send details of events you would like to share with ACERT members and supporters.

Download our GRTHM participation packs below:
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month 2024 Brochure
Education Pack for Schools and Prisons 
Digital Engagement Pack (including social templates!)
Timeline of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller histories
Template images: for individuals Twitter and Instagram, for organisations Twitter and Instagram
Chatteris Museum (Cambs) is currently in partnership with OneVoice4Travellers, exploring the embedded histories of Travellers in the Chatteris area, running from March 2024 to the end of the year. I attach details of our pop-up in June that may be of interest. Other free activities will be happening over the summer. The project will be on display in the Museum from September.
Writing Gypsy History – Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month Event 
Thursday 06 June 2024 15:00 – 17:00
Elvet Riverside 1, Durham University, 83 New Elvet, Durham, DH1 3AQ
Room: ER141

Moving for Change fundraising webinars

Moving for change YouTube channel

Webpages and downloads

The Tinker Experiment

The Tinker Experiment lasted from 1940 until 1980 and was a programme designed to integrate Scottish Travellers into mainstream Scottish society through forced settlement in substandard buildings. It was supported by the UK government, the Church of Scotland and Scottish local authorities. Nomadic families risked having their children taken into care if they didn’t attend school regularly. 

The Tinker Experiment

The BBC Radio 4 programme History on the Edge interviews residents of Bobbin Mill near Pitlochry where, in 1946, the McPhee family and other Gypsy Travellers were moved into an old wartime hut converted for four families. The accommodation was small and overcrowded for the nine McPhee children and their parents, and was without amenities such as electricity. There was also asbestos in the walls which wasn’t removed until the 1980s. 

At Bobbin Mill, Anita meets Shamus McPhee and three of his sisters who still live on the site. Old holiday chalets have in recent years replaced the hutted accommodation and they now have electricity and running water. Yet the family still suffer hardship and discrimination despite having been to university and contributed to society. Prejudice against Gypsy Travellers runs so deep among the settled community that they’ve found it difficult to get work if they reveal their background. And – having fallen between the settled and the nomadic ways of life – none of them has found a life partner or had children.

The McPhees are now seeking an apology from the Scottish Government as they feel their lives have been blighted by the Tinker Experiment. 


Early literacies research

Spyros Themelis introduces ROMLIT

What’s the focus?

  • Understanding the original, multiple and diverse literacies of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers
  • Recognising the role that children, parents, siblings, community members and early years practitioners play in early years literacies
  • Identifying and co-creating empowering practices working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

What are we doing?

  • Learning about literacy approaches that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children and communities use
  • Exploring the way Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children navigate different levels of literacy
  • Identifying strategies to promote positive relationships across communities and settings

How are we doing it?

  • Working across different regions of England with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
  • Looking at practice that take place at home, in education and within the community
  • Working in partnership with communities, settings and experts from across the UK
  • Producing materials that celebrate and support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children’s needs.