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.

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.

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.

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, and Ossiri and The Bala Mengro.

Purchase books by Richard O'Neill.

The Show Must Go On

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.

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 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.

Find the book.

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. 

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.

Angelina Ballerina - Angela and Anya

Anya and her family are stopping in Chipping Cheddar to help with the harvest, but they are not made to feel particularly welcome.

Watch here.

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