Teaching Resources

Many Gypsy, Roma and Traveller young people feel that their culture and way of life is not recognised or affirmed within the education system.

We have created this page to support teachers and other staff in educational settings bring Gypsy, Roma and Traveller histories and cultures into the classroom. Below, you can find a range of resources, books and media to enrich your own understanding of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller histories and to share with young people.

You can find our Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month resources here.

You can find resources related to Scottish Gypsy Traveller history at grthm.scot

Nazi Persecution and Genocide of Roma and Sinti communities: Introduction for teachers

A resource providing context, information, and historical narrative to assist in the teaching of the Nazi Persecution and genocide of Roma and Sinti communities (Pora-jmos), which have often been described as the ‘forgotten victims’ of the Holocaust.

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Famous Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people: Introduction for teachers

A guide to several eminent Gypsy, Roma, Traveller and Showmen people from across the world, providing a snapshot of the diverse range of talents and expertise across these communities. There are countless other examples, but these stories are particularly inspiring.

View here.

Animation about tackling data exclusion of young Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people and children

An animation co-created by Friends, Families and Travellers and London Schools of Economics outlining how Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children are often missing from National Statistics and Government reports and how this affects education. 

View here.

Comic: Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils experiences of education

Using research findings from focus groups, Friends, Families and Travellers and London School of Economics have put together a comic on young people's experiences of school and college, and what can be done to improve it. 

See comic

Made in God's Image: Supporting Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils in Catholic schools

A resource designed to support all those working in the Catholic educational sector to help challenge the stigmas faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils and their wider communities. 

View here.

‘We are invisible!’ Ensuring Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children do not feel unseen in the history classroom

Richard Kerridge and Helen Snelson present a brief sequence of lessons using the life of the Gypsy woman Mary Squires as a way into the changes of industrialising Britain. More significantly, they also present a compelling rationale for why history teachers should be slotting in the stories of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people to broaden inclusive representation and challenge intolerance.

Read here.

Inclusion of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller histories in the school curriculum: A Webinar

In January 2021, we held an online webinar for policy makers, staff in educational settings and others on the Council of Europe recommendation that the history of Roma and/or Travellers is included in school curricula and teaching materials. 

Watch the webinar.

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller training for education settings 

Norfolk County Council's Gypsy, Roma and Traveller service has put together bespoke training for schools, early years settings, higher education and other providers, aimed at whole staff, including administration, governors and teaching staff. 

The Gypsy, Roma and Traveller service have also produced three Padlets to enhance the diversity of teaching and embed Gypsy, Roma and Traveller histories and cultures into the curriculum.  

Download Culture Padlet here.

Download Showman and Circus Padlet here.

Download World War 2 Padlet here.

View the training resources.

Tools and Information to help schools tackle Gypsy Roma and Traveller targeted Bullying

Produced by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and Friends, Families and Travellers, these resources highlight how teachers and schools can promote anti-bullying in their classrooms.

View the resource.

Crystal's Vardo Teachers Pack - KS2/KS3

Full of useful and interesting information about Gypsy Roma and Traveller histories and cultures. Also includes classroom activities. Can be used to accompany a live or online performance of Crystal’s Vardo.

Download here.

The Gypsy Holocaust

General booklet with information about the Roma and Sinti Holocaust. Includes some classroom activities. This can be used to accompany the Crystal’s Vardo video or theatre production.

Download here.

Crystal’s Vardo Activity Book

Fun activities pertinent to Gypsy Roma and Traveller cultures which include colouring in, join the dots, doodles, crosswords and much more.

Available to purchase.

Travellers Times - Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month resource

Fantastic resource produced by Travellers Times which includes ideas for lessons, an assembly script and culture pack for teachers.

Download here.

Traveller Movement - KS2 Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month Resource Pack

A handy pack with a variety of resources to support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month.

Download here.

The 'Roma Stories' Oral History Project

This Roma Support Group project shares experiences and stories of Roma people from Eastern and Central Europe who live in London. 

View the resource.

ACERT website and resources

The Advisory Council for the Education of Romany and other Travellers (ACERT) website hosts a vast amount of resources for educators.

View the website and view ACERT's online documents.

Nazi persecution of Roma and Sinti people

Materials from The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust on the genocide of Roma and Sinti people during World War 2.

View the resource.

Showfolk: An oral history of a fairground dynasty

Read this book for interviews with three generations of the Cordona family for a rich anecdotal insight into the long history and heritage of showfamilies.

View the book. 

GRTHM Scotland 2020

A digital archive of the GRTHM celebrations in Scotland in 2020 - lots of resources available as film, audio and written material.

View the website.

Gypsy Traveller history in Scotland

A detailed illustrated timeline by artist and historian Shamus McPhee from before the 1100s to the modern day.

View the resource.

Till Doomsday in the afternoon: A Gypsy/Traveller perspective of the history, culture and traditions of the community in Scotland

A resource designed to enable practitioners to raise awareness and understanding of the history, culture and traditions of the Scottish Gypsy Traveller community.

View the resource.

Canal River Trust: Life on the English waterways

A resource pack for teachers to share information about life on the waterways through history. 

View the resource.

Poster: How to be an ally to Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showmen and Boater communities

A group of students, staff and alumni from Northumbria University have put together an infographic on how to be an ally and raising awareness about the prejudices Gypsy, Roma, Traveller and nomadic communities face.

View the resource


Nazi Persecution and Genocide of Roma and Sinti Communities: Introduction for teachers

A resource by Friends, Families and Travellers for teachers to provide context, information, and historical narrative to assist in the teaching of the Nazi Persecution and genocide of Roma and Sinti communities. 


Remembering the Roma Holocaust

An interactive flipbook designed for students to explore the persecution of Roma and Sinti communities, co-created by Friends, Families and Travellers and University of Sussex. 

View here

USC Shoah Foundation Holocaust testimonies

The USC Shoah Foundation collects testimonies of Holocaust survivors and witnesses through audio-visual interviews, including that of Roma Holocaust survivors Lina Jackson and Julia Lentini.

View here and here.

World War 2 resources

Lesson resources created by Norfolk County Council exploring the impact the Holocaust had on Roma and Sinti communities.


The Gypsy Holocaust Forgotten Victims

An informational booklet looking at the ‘Forgotten Victims’ of the Holocaust, created by Friends, Families and Travellers.


The Gypsy Holocaust YouTube video

A YouTube video on the discrimination faced by Romany, Roma and Sinti people under the Nazi regime, produced by Brighton and Hove City Council’s Traveller Education team.



Winter Time: Memoirs of a German Sinto Who Survived Auschwitz by Walter Winter

Written by Walter Winter, this is a first hand account from a survivor of Gypsy concentration camps during World War 2.


A Gypsy In Auschwitz by Otto Rosenberg 

The story of a young Sinti boy who watches families being ripped apart, leaving behind their homes, schools and jobs, and somehow survives the Holocaust.


Poetry of the Holocaust ed. by Jean Boase-Beier and Marian de Vooght

A collection of poems written before the Holocaust unfolded and after, reflecting on the loss. In this anthology, Jean Boase-Beier and Marian de Vooght (helped by many translators, advisors, and experts) hope to give a fuller picture than other anthologies of the poetry that arose from the Holocaust.


Fires in the Dark by Louise Doughty

The first of Doughty's novels about the history of Romany people and her own family ancestry, this book is about a boy from a group of nomadic Kalderash Roma set in Central Europe during the Second World War.


Gypsies Under the Swastika by Donald Kenrick, Grattan Puxon and Université René Descartes

An account of the discrimination and persecution suffered by Europe's Gypsies during the Nazi Holocaust.


Do Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children see themselves in your history classroom? by the History Association 

Richard Kerridge and Helen Snelson have worked with the historian Professor Becky Taylor to produce a range of teaching resources for teaching the history of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people.

Made freely available here. 
By Yorkclio here.

Unsettled by Rosaleen McDonagh

Essays by Rosaleen McDonagh, exploring racism, ableism, abuse and resistance as well as the bonds of community, family and friendship.

Purchase the book here.

An ABC for Travellers

This colourful book can help young readers from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community written and produced by Maxine Lambert.

Read the digital book.

The Pavee and the Buffer Girl by Siobhan Dowd

This book tells the story of Jim, a young Traveller boy, his experiences at the Buffer school (Buffer is what Travellers call non-Travellers) and developing new friendships.

Find out more and purchase the book.

Books by Richard O'Neill

Author and playwright, Richard O'Neill has written a serious of illustrated books with fantastic representation of Gypsy and Traveller characters. Look out for Polonius and The Pit Pony, Yokki and The Porno Gry, The Lost Homework, The Can Caravan, and Ossiri and The Bala Mengro.

Purchase books by Richard O'Neill.

The Show Must Go On by Michelle Russell

Purchase this book to celebrate 'World Funfair Month 2021'. Follow Mary Ann and her travelling Showmen family as they defend their yard from developers. The generations work together to help everyone understand that Grandad Henry is right: ‘not all treasure glistens’. 

Purchase the book.

Wee Bessie by David Pullar

Wee Bessie is Inspired by the childhood of Scottish Traveller Betsy Whyte one of Scotland's most celebrated storytellers.

Find out more on Good Reads.

Books by Janna Elliot

Settela Steinbach was a Dutch Sinti girl, she was murdered along with other members of her family in Auschwitz. Janna Eliot translator of the original biography, created the novel 'Settela's Last Road' for younger readers.

See all of Janna's books on Good Reads.

Why the Moon Travels by Oein DeBhairduin

Why the moon travels is a haunting collection of twenty tales rooted in the oral tradition of the Irish Traveller community.

Find out more about the book.

Can't lose Cant

A book of Cant, the Old Language of Irish Travellers, by Children in Co Kildare Ireland.

Buy the book.

Books by Robert Dawson

Robert Dawson has a wide selection of books and activity booklets on his website, including 'Leaves in the Holocaust', a novel about the persecution of Roma and Sinti people in World War Two. 

View the Robert Dawson website.

Fairground Art: The art forms of Travelling Fairs, Carousels and Carnival Midways by Geoff Weedon and Richard Ward

The authors devoted years of research to photographing and cataloguing the work of fairground artists as well as investigating the histories of the craftsmen and their creations.

Find the book.

they lit fires: lenti hatch o yog by Raine Geoghegan

Raine Geoghegan presents a selection of timeless and culturally rich songs and monologues based upon her Romani Roots.

Purchase the book.

Books by Maggie Smith-Bendell

Maggie's books, including 'Rabbit Stew and a Penny or Two' recount the 'old ways' and Romani Gypsy life and culture at the dawn of the 21st Century.  

Find out more on Good Reads.

Books by Eva Petulengro

Eva Petulengro is a Romani author who spent her childhood in a caravan before settling in Brighton. Eva's books 'The Girl in the Painted Caravan' and 'Caravans and Wedding Bans', reflect on Eva's life on the road.

Find out more.

The Showmen's War by Michael Smith, Stephen Smith and Kevin Scrivens

This book was produced to accompany the Exhibition held at the Fairground Heritage Centre in 2018 to commemorate the part played in the Great War by the Travelling Showmen of Great Britain.

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Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha Farrant

In the aftermath of World War One, Ben, Clara and Lotti try to rebuild their lives, As they make their way on an epic journey, some of which on a narrowboat, they search for loved ones and a place to call home.

Books by Jess Smith

Jess Smith comes from a long line of Travelling people and writes about her early years on the road in Scotland with her family. 

View Jess' website.  

The Stopping Places by Damian Le Bas

In this critically acclaimed book, Damian seeks to better understand his heritage by setting out on a journey to discover the stopping places – the old encampment sites known only to Travellers. 

Find out more about the book. 

Gypsy Girl by Rosie McKinley

Rosie McKinley is an Irish Traveller, she grew up on the road moving around England and Ireland. Read her story of roaming fields and meadows with her siblings.

Find out more about the book. 

Muddy Waters by DH Clacher

A series of fun, vibrant and colourful books sharing Muddy's adventures on the UK Waterways.

Find out more about the books. 

Books by Betsy Whyte

The Yellow on the Broom and Red Rowans and Wil Honey cover Betsy's childhood as a Gypsy Traveller in 1920s and 1930s Scotland, as well as traditional workmanship from hawking to, fruit and potato picking until the Second World War.

Find out more about the books.

Smoke in the Lanes by Dominic Reeve

The author’s account of living the Gypsy life on the road in the 1950s.

Find out more about the book.

Gypsy Princess by Violet Cannon

The story of Violet's parents and her childhood.

Find out more about the book.

A Different Kind of Freedom: A Romani Story by Richard O'Neill

Written by a Romani author, this story depicts the struggle between tradition and following your own passions. 

Find out more about the book.

Snowy by Berlie Doherty

An award-winning picture book about a family living in a narrowboat on the Chester canal, with Snowy the boat horse. 

Find out more. 

The Django by Levi Pinfold 

A picture book about an imaginary friend, Django, inspired by the famous jazz musician Jean "Django" Reinhardt.

Find out more on Good Reads. 

Books by Caroline Binch

Caroline Binch has written and illustrated a wide range of books, including Since Dad Left, which explores a boy's feelings around his parents' separation, as well as Road Horse, and Christy's Dream, which are both centered around young boys dreaming of having horses of their own. 

View Caroline's website. 

Over the Hills and Far Away by Helen Mckay 

A retelling which weaves together two classic fairy-tales, Red Riding Hood, and the nursery tale of Tom, Tom, the Piper's So. 

Buy the book.

Romany Johnny Joe by Hilda Brazil

Written by a Romany Gypsy, this story uses the toads and frogs of Toadville to teach children not to judge others.

Find out more and purchase. 

Toffee and Pie by Pippa Goodhart

The story of a boy who lives in a trailer with his family and is always moving around, and a friendship he forms at a new school.  

Buy the book. 

Hercules the Younger by Kathryn James

As part of the 'Reflect' series, Hercules the Younger is the tale of a boy who uses his strength, which was once a nuisance, to help his friends. 

More information.

Nothing But Trouble by Alan MacDonald

A story about prejudice and friendship between a Traveller boy and the 'buddy' he is assigned at his new school. 

Buy the book. 

The Dream Snatcher Trilogy by Abi Elphinstone

A trio of books following a Gypsy orphan, Moll Pecksniff, on a magic quest through the forest, when she wakes there after a recurring nightmare.

View Abi's website.

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond

A story about a boy who runs away from home and joins a carnival. 

Find out more on Good Reads.

Flight by Vanessa Harbour

Set in Austria 1945, this book follows characters in their journey to getting Lipizzanner stallions to safety, alongside an orphaned Roma girl. 

Buy the book.

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

A gothic, feminist and romantic young adult debut about Lil and her twin sister Kizzy, who are captured and enslaved far away from their beloved traveller community.

Find out more.

Gypsy Girl Series by Kathryn James

This young adult series features the fictional character Sammy Jo and the love interests that land her in trouble. 

Find out more on Good Reads.

My Name Is Rose by Sally Grindley

Through this children's fiction, Grindley explores what it's like for Rose, a Romani girl, to have to move to a different country, adapt to a new family, and grapple with her identity. 

Buy the book.

Where the World Turns Wild by Nicola Penfold

An ecological adventure in the form of children's fiction with Traveller characters. 

Find out more about the book. 

Spokes: Stories from the Romani World by Janna Eliot

Based on real life accounts, these short stories feature British Gypsies, Irish Travellers, East European Roma; and people whose Romani background has remained under wraps.

Buy the book. 

Apple Water: Povel Panni by Riane Geoghegan

A small collection of poems and short prose based on Raine's Romany family. 

Buy the book.

 Roma, Recycle, Reimagine: Corcodusa Saves the Park by Romani children, with the support of Maria Raluca and Rosa Cisneros.

The story follows Corcodusa, a young Roma girl, who helps save the planet with her community. 

Find out more about the book.

A Field Full of Butterflies: Memories of a Romany Childhood by Rosemary Penfold

Rosemary's story is a moving testament to a forgotten world and a rapidly disappearing way of life.

Buy the book here.

A Gypsy In Auschwitz: How I Survived the Horrors of the ‘Forgotten Holocaust’ by Otto Rosenberg 

'A Gypsy in Auschwitz' is the incredible true story of how a young Gypsy boy miraculously survived the unimaginable darkness of the Holocaust.

Buy the book here.

Color of Smoke by Menyhert Lakatos,Ann Major

The Color of Smoke is a thoroughly absorbing story that abounds in unforgettable characters. There is the adolescent narrator, torn between his people and a society that both entices him and rejects him. 

Buy the book here.

Romano Bumburumbum by Marek Czureja 

This story has been prepared by a group of talented young Roma as a way of sharing their rich culture.
Find out more about how they made it here.

Read the story here.

Gypsies & Travellers: A Teacher’s Guide by Steven Horne

This book addresses that imbalance by offering an 'insider's' look into what is often an unknown and misunderstood culture. The information and real-life examples provided are unflinching, allowing this book to approach subjects and areas that are often avoided.

Buy the book here.

'The Mystery In Being A Gypsy' by Gentylia Lee

This book is an educational read for the professional: the police, local authority workers, teaching practitioners, Social Services staff, NHS staff and staff who work in higher education. If you want to learn much more than stereotypes; if you would like to learn some of the English-Romanies history; if you are passionate about change against racism and discrimination then this book is a must read. 

Buy the book here.

Roads From The Past - A short film by Travellers' Times

A Short Animated History of Britain's Gypsies, Roma and Travellers,

Watch here.

'Standing on the shoulders of giants'

This film project tells the stories from 24 people who challenged injustice faced by Gypsy, Roma, Traveller and nomadic communities.

View the playlist on YouTube.

Searching for the Travelling People 

A Travellers' Times documentary revisiting 'The Ballad of the Travelling People', a radio production between Charles Parker, Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl in 1964.

Watch here.

A short history of Irish Travellers

An animated film produced by the Cork Traveller Women's Network.

Watch here.

Nazi Persecution of Roma and Sinti people

Europe’s Roma and Sinti people were targeted by the Nazis for total destruction.

Watch here.

Porjamos - The Gypsy Holocaust 

This video, made by Brighton & Hove City Council, looks at the persecution of Roma and Sinti communities in during the Holocaust.

Watch here.

Showland by Mitch Miller

This short documentary gives you a 'behind the scenes' look at Fairground life.

Watch the film.

A short film on International Romani Language Day from Romaversitas North Macedonia

A useful film describing the purpose and significance of International Roma Language Day, celebrated worldwide on 5th November.

Watch here.

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