Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month (GRTHM) June 2010

GRTHM 2010

June 2010 marks the third Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month.

Gypsies, Roma and Travellers (GRT) are the largest ethnic minority community in the European Union with over 12 million people. In the UK, they are recognised ethnic minority communities and number 300,000. They are also the most marginalised and continue to suffer extreme levels of prejudice and discrimination.  Since its launch in 2008, the annual Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month has attracted interest nationally as Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities work in partnership with schools, councils and other public bodies to creatively challenge the myths and stereotypes that blight Gypsy, Roma and Traveller lives. 

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month presents an ideal opportunity for schools to raise awareness of and celebrate the history and culture of these communities, whether or not there are Gypsy, Roma, Traveller pupils on roll. Many events such as concerts, films, drama productions, storytelling, exhibitions, competitions, displays etc. are organised throughout the country during the month of June and many schools organise their own events in partnership with the local GRT community.

 In addition, each year a national competition is held for all pupils of all ages. This year, it is a poetry competition which closes on the 9th July 2010. Please follow the link below for the official GRTHM website which has further details of this and other events already planned such as a major exhibition about the Roma experiences of the Holocaust which is being shown in London between 31st May and 20th June.

Keywords

Gypsy, Traveller, Roma, History, Culture

Find out more

  • GRTHM 2010  Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month website