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Art Exhibition shows Travellers in new light - 08.06.09

A free exhibition featuring the work of young travellers will be the centrepiece of this year's Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month.

Open at Sutton Central Library from Monday 8 June, the exhibition aims to promote and provide information about Traveller history and culture. It's also about dispelling the negative stereotypes that exist. The Traveller Education Service will be running events in local schools throughout June focusing on the achievements of the Traveller community.

There are no records of how many people of Traveller heritage live in Sutton, but the Traveller Education Service supports more than 60 young people from Irish Traveller families and English Gypsy families. People of Traveller heritage live on sites across Sutton as well as in privately owned or council housing.

Local Traveller, Adele Gregory said,

"Traveller history month is a fantastic opportunity to dispel myths, state facts and network with the wider community. It is a chance for our voices and our feelings to be heard, and to celebrate our culture."

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Executive Member for Equalities on Sutton Council said,

"Traveller History Month is a way for our borough to celebrate the culture of the Traveller community in Sutton and help all people appreciate the richness this brings to our borough"

"I'm proud that we can be part of making a difference to the lives of Travellers across the borough"

For more information about Traveller History Month, or how to get involved contact Sarah Gwynn on 020 8648 3267 or visit www.sutton.gov.uk

Last updated: Monday, 08 June 2009

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