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A Very British Romany family

Lisa Smith | United Kingdom

On a warm summers night the sun sets over a permanent Romany stopping place in the West Midlands

Romany Gypsies are not new to the British Isles we have lived, traveled and worked here for over 500 years. In, 2018 the EHRC published the first national survey of prejudice in Britain for over 10 years.

The results -  people openly expressed negative feelings towards Gypsies, Roma and Travellers (44%) more than any other group of people in society.

'Anti-gypsy' attitudes continue to be fuelled by media depictions of us as ‘invaders’ of  local communities. This rhetoric has also manifested itself into local and national politics, with recent assimilation proposals in the Houses of Commons to convert existing sites for Gypsies and Travellers into settled accommodation, remove any obligation on local authorities to build more permanent sites, and make ‘unauthorized encampments’ a criminal offense.

Through my work, I seek to humanize and add depth and context to the sterile language surrounding Romany Gypsy and Traveller's homes, spaces and stopping places. This is a reclaiming of place, culture and belonging starting with my own Very British Romany family.....

(c) Lisa Smith 

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