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A Heritage Success!

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By Helen Jones |  October 8, 2014 |

As part of a lottery funded heritage project, Leeds GATE has been piecing together the history of the Lee Gap horse Fair and its importance for the local Traveller Community.

The project involved a small team of volunteers, recruited from the local Traveller community. Their activities included:

Visiting the Brotherton Library to view the special Gypsy and Traveller collections held there.

Elaine researching

Oral History Training at Leeds GATEAttending a training session on the skills involved in recording oral histories.

Carrying out reminiscence interviews with older members of the Gypsy and Traveller community to capture their recollections of the Lee Gap horse fair.

Collaborating with Leodis with a view to sharing the photographic collections held by GATE showcasing the lives of Travellers in the Leeds area.

Staging a heritage open day held at Leeds GATE, displaying photos from the Lee Gap horse fair over the years, providing traditional cooking, playing traditional music and showcasing artefacts relevant to Gypsy heritage and culture including a traditional Vardo.

Hosting a Marquee at Latter Lee horse fair, which displayed the Lee Gap horse fair photo collection and offered free NHS health checks as well as healthy snacks form the ‘Healthy Living Network’ and fantastic music provided by the Doyle family. Conservative estimates put the number of people who visited the marquee at 3500.

Overall the project highlighted the importance of capturing Gypsy and Traveller heritage and preserving this for the benefit of future generations.

Leeds GATE at Lee Gap Fair

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