01 June 2021

Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month 2021

Aberdeenshire Council is once more celebrating Gypsy Roma and Traveller History Month during June 2021.


A series of virtual events and videos will be shared over the month, from organisations such as Article 12, MECOPP, and other groups representing the Gypsy/Traveller community.


Gypsy Roma and Traveller History Month, established in 2008, provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the recognised minority ethnic communities and celebrate their richness and contributions to society.


The month of activity helps to address prejudice and stereotyping, as well as promoting the history, language, culture and heritage of the communities, helping to challenge myths. Sadly, Gypsy/Travellers remain one of the most disadvantaged groups in the UK.


Why do we need to know about Gypsy/Travellers?


It is a fact that Gypsy/Travellers face many disadvantages as a minority ethnic group. Members of the community: 


·         still experience racism on a daily basis, and derogatory terms and language are still used against the community


·         are among the poorest in society, falling far behind in every area including education, health and housing.


·         will often hide their ethnicity because of the racism towards them


·         are part of the history of Scotland and have contributed to it over many years and indeed still do


·         suffer a lack of understanding about the Gypsy/Traveller culture and the need for proper provision in terms of dedicated seasonal and stopover sites


Throughout June there will be information on the Article 12 and MECOPP website GRTHM Scotland


Why not take some time this month to look at some of the links and clips below to learn more about the Gypsy/Traveller community?



Articles, websites and blogs


Friends Families and Travellers marking Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month using the theme, #MakeSomeSpace.


Till Doomsday in the afternoon – a Gypsy/Traveller perspective on the history, culture and traditions of the community in Scotland


Traveller is in the Blood – stories and poems


Gypsy/Traveller History in Scotland – by Shamus McPhee


The Traveller Movement – a website exploring the history and culture of the community


Improving the Lives of Gypsy/Travellers 2019-2021 – The Scottish Government’s Action Plan




Ballad Lands: Jonny O' the Brine - Sam Lee discovers the roots of this ancient Traveller song – by Tony Robertson, local Traveller


The Oldest Show on the Road – a short film by Rural Media


Damian Le Bas – Seven things you need to know before speaking about Gypsies


Roads from The Past - Short Film - Travellers' Times Online


The Social: Robert Burns – a short video looking at the Bard’s connections with the Gypsy/Traveller community


Appleby Horse Fair. The Golden Year


He didn’t want the likes of us around – Travellers Remember – Travellers Times Online


At the Gypsy Heart in Scotland – traditional Scottish Gypsy/Traveller wedding customs


For further information or if you have any questions, please direct any questions or comments to:


·         Gypsy/Traveller Liaison Officer Di Faithfull, di.faithfull@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

·         Strategic Housing Officer Liz Hamilton liz.hamilton@aberdeenshire.gov.uk