Initially by foot, we eventually adopted horses and carriages to travel from place to place, connecting and engaging with those they met along the way. As hooves and sweat made way for steam and oil, Showpeople took to this new technology gladly.
“Gypsy, Gypsy, Gypsy!” is a playground taunt suffered by children from every GRT (Gypsy, Roma and Traveller group) regardless of how they self-identify. This is equally true for generations of Showman- Traveller children who have tolerated name-calling and physical threats, whilst manoeuvring themselves within an education system ill-equipped or unwilling to incorporate their cultural needs. Showman-Travellers have traditionally operated seasonal fairgrounds, travelling throughout Scotland from March to November, creating a home in the back stages of your local fairs. Multi-generational […]
The proposed relocation of families from the two Govan show yards at Water Row has attracted considerable press attention this year. For easy reference, we have brought together all the major press coverage of the situation in Govan and wider issues faced by Showman’s Yards in Glasgow, listed in order of publication. The views expressed in the articles are those of the participants. When the fun fair stops: Showpeople call for fair deal in Govan (Karin Goodwin, The Herald, 18th […]
SHOWPEOPLE AND THE TWO WORLD WARS A hundred years ago Britain was in the third year of the First World War (1914-1918). This conflict altered the lives of everyone who lived through that time – including Glasgow’s community of showpeople. The war touched the lives of nearly every citizen of Glasgow and left an enduring mark on the people of our city. Glasgow’s showpeople were no different. Men volunteered for the front lines while those remaining behind used their experience with […]
Just thought I’d draw your attention to some interesting things related to showpeople. Firstly there is a photographic exhibition in the foyer of Trongate 103 Glasgow (where I am the attendant) which may be of interest: The Forgotten Collective 4/4 (Reprise) The work of Steven Scott – No Money Refund – 10 photographs documenting the showpeople in Dalmarnock, including a nice one of Melvin in his workshop. A free booklet is available – I will put some aside for you. […]