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Hate Crime concerns for families on Camps

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By Helen Jones |  August 29, 2017 |

Its been a busy summer for unauthorised encampment, probably due to the Government's recent change to the planning definition of travellers [sic] which obliges families to prove that they regularly travel in order to remain eligeable to live on, or develop their own, Gypsy sites.  Concern is growing that lurid media reporting, inflammatory statements by politicians, and overall failure to manage encampment positively, is leading to an increase in hate crime attacks on Gypsy and Traveller people.

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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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