June is Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month, a time to celebrate our culture and remember our shared history which has made us who we are today!
This year we had planned to work with York Museums Trust to create an exhibition which would display GRT crafts and show visitors how skilled crafts traditions have been passed on through generations and are still used in the GRT community today. Unfortunately the lockdown meant that the museums had to close and we weren’t able to go ahead with that idea. But we didn’t let that stop us!
Together with York Museums Trust we decided that one way to still celebrate the month and share GRT history and culture with the wider public was to have a Twitter takeover. We had a great few weeks where members of our community shared photos and videos of objects or crafts on our facebook page and told us about their history and why they were special to them. This included steel cans, photos of family members with their grinders, crocheted blankets, beautiful wagons and much much more! Along with some interesting facts about GT History, these photos and videos were sent over to the museum and on Thursday 18th June they were shared publicly on Twitter. They had a really great response with hundreds of likes and retweets and many people commenting on the beauty of the crafts and objects and saying how much they’d learnt about Gypsy, Roma and Traveller history and culture.
Thankyou so much to everyone who took part! And for those of you who missed it, we’ve included some of the submissions below.