What does Family Mean to You? – Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month

25 June 2024

Written by: Lambeth Council

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June is Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month (GRTHM) – a chance to understand and celebrate a history that is hardly known.

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What does Family Mean to You? – Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month

Every June since 2008, people from across the UK celebrate Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month (GRTHM). The theme of this year’s GRT History Month is What does family mean to you? which focuses on the different shapes and sizes family can take. It’s an important idea for Lambeth with our aim to become a borough of equity and justice.

Taking a stand

Romany Gypsy, Irish Traveller, Roma and nomadic communities face very high levels of racial abuse, social and economic deprivation, and poor access to health and employment. But organisations like Friends, Families and Travellers are working to transform systems and institutions to address the root causes of those inequalities.

Telling the tale

Lambeth has worked with Friends, Families and Travellers to help raise awareness of the lives of travelling people, hosting the Mapping the Histories of London’s Travellers exhibition in Lambeth Libraries throughout the past year.

Using stories, articles, interactive online maps and QR codes linked to audio recordings of people with lived experience, the exhibition offered a deeper understanding of the contribution Romany Gypsies, Irish Travellers, and travelling showpeople have always made to London’s social, economic, and cultural life. Visitors had a first-hand look at how life on the road used to be with a chance to visit a real-life vardo via the Friends, Families and Travellers Travelling Tales Project as well as readings and music from the community.

More information

Find out more about Friends, Families and Travellers. They celebrate Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people’s rich histories, cultures and contributions to society and share this with the wider public. For Gypsy, Traveller and Roma Month 2024 they’re offering free resources: