Gypsy Roma Traveller Leeds
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It's by no means a complete list, but on this page in the Culture Section you'll find some books that we feel we can recommend for more in depth study or interest.
Leeds and Yorkshire has a history rich with the presence of Traveller and Gypsies. In fact the first recorded mention of Gypsies was in 1572 and the Romany Collection in the Brotherton Library, Leeds University has books and images that go back hundreds of years.
Find out more about the presence of Travellers in Yorkshire now and in the past in this section of our website.
The Brotherton Collection includes the Romany Collection, which was developed by Lord Brotherton's niece-in-law Dorothy Una Ratcliffe (Mrs McGrigor Phillips) and is one of the two principal collections on Gypsies in the United Kingdom. More information regarding this fascinating collection can be found in the first edition of the Traveller Post. A picture story about Brough Hill was published. It has been reproduced on here:
Chris Shephard, the Manager of the Special Collection was interviewed by Bonnie Cassidy in the first issue of Traveller Post. You can contact the Special Collection through their website.
Another fine collection on Gypsies is at Liverpool University. They have developed a fantastic website which we also highly recommend. They have allowed us to display a few of their images on this site.
Read copies of Traveller Post, the magazine for Travellers Everywhere produced by the Gypsy Roma Traveller Achievement Service in Leeds.
Gypsies and Travellers in their own words compiled by the Gypsy Roma Traveller Achievement Service is a fantastic read, and gives amazing insights into the lives and times of Travellers in this country.
Unfortunately this book is no longer available.
The collection of stories and personal histories in this rich volume creates a vivid picture of life within the Gypsy and Traveller communities.