Old photographs

This guide was last updated in 2011

Many Travelling people avoided secondary schooling.

The boys would join their fathers and grandfathers in the family work, while the girls busied themselves with calling (knocking door to door with pegs or baskets for sale) or the domestic duties of home.

It may have led to low levels of literacy, but it made family photos worth a thousand words. As well as the University collections, many regional museums like Hartlebury in Worcestershire have photo displays to accompany their exhibits. Hartlebury has an important collection of vardos, or Traveller wagons.


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