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Not Be Moved… Reimagining a Gypsy Traveller political protest from 2000

By Vanessa Cardui |  September 12, 2016 |


Jim Connors with the placards we recreated for our exhibition

There are lots of different ways to make a copy of something. You can just make it look the same on the outside; or (and this is often a bit more interesting) you can try to get a bit closer to the heart of it, and copy the process and the meaning.

For Heritage Open Day this year, I and GATE members and volunteers made an art installation, Not Be Moved, based around recreating the placards that were used in a historic anti-eviction protest in 1999/2000, shown together with audio interviews and other material about the case. We did this because the protest was such an important part of the history of Travellers' rights and we wanted to highlight it; and also as a way of creatively exploring the photos of it that we have in our Archives. Read on to find out how we approached it and what we learnt.

 

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Heritage Open Days at GATE

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By Ellie Rogers |  September 1, 2016 |

This year we will again be hosting open days as a part of the heritage open day series. The last few years have been a great success and we have enjoyed welcoming members, friends, visitors and local communitites into our building. Our members and all communities will be helping us to celebrate and explore Gypsy and Traveller heritage.

Activities on the day will include:

Traditional Gypsy and Traveller craft workshops and demonstrations

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NHS Help Cards

By Joanne Birtwhistle |  August 23, 2016 |

It is widely recognised that numeracy and literacy skills can act as a barrier when accessing services and the fear of form filling and electronic sign in sheets if enough to keep people away. West CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) are supporting GATE in bridging the gap between Gypsies and Travellers and Health Services.

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The dinner party test – Explicit racism towards Gypsies and Travellers still happens. Why?

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By Ben Chastney |  August 5, 2016 |

Society has, for the most part, made great progress with discriminatory attitudes.  Each generation generally see more open minded and tolerant viewpoints.  Whilst I am more sceptical than most about progress made to address wider inequalities and discrimination there does appear to be a positive picture with respect to language.   Many words which were historically deemed okay in general society are considered acceptable no longer.  Those making racist jokes or comments are increasingly challenged.  There remains a striking exception though; Gypsies and Travellers.

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From a Child's Perspective.

By Joanne Birtwhistle |  August 4, 2016 |

On Monday we visited a roadside camp to offer advocacy support, during this visit we met with a number of families, speaking to mums, dads, Grandparents and children. However one thing that stood out to me and has stuck with me all week was the fact that a little girl aged around 7 years old came up to me and asked who I was and where I was from, before I could answer she said: “We are moving this evening anyway, so you don’t need to complain about us.” She then turned away from me.

It upset me that the initial thoughts of a girl of that age were that we were there to complain about her and her family and, that we could only be there for negative reasons. It shocks me that children can hold such negative views of professionals and this reaction is a reflection of the experiences and attitudes that she must have witnessed in the past.

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