London Gypsies and Travellers is undertaking a London-wide project to chart the history of Gypsies and Travellers in the capital. With National Lottery funding, It is mapping recorded population data, sites and tenures across every borough, and creating histories through the knowledge and voices of Travelling Showpeople, Irish Travellers and Romany Gypsies.
Collecting stories, photos, videos and audio recordings, the project is documenting memories of place, lived experiences and social, economic and cultural relationships. The material will be will be uploaded onto an interactive online map, co-produced with Mapping for Change – an organisation which works to provide benefit to disadvantaged or marginalised communities and help create sustainable transformations in their environment.
The online maps will show: existing sites and yards and those that have been lost; travelling routes; and the web of historical connections between travelling and settled communities and the places they share and live in today. This will be the first set of interactive, online maps of London to foreground the knowledge, skills and cultural lives of travelling people.
The maps are for use by the travelling communities, policy makers and the public. Members of travelling communities of all ages are invited to take part in any way they choose to record, document and portray the lives, histories, skills and experiences of London’s Travellers, as well as the challenges they face.
For more information contact Anna Hoare, Community Research Officer, email firstname.lastname@example.org, mob 07494 969356.