Who are New Travellers?
And how will the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act affect their lifestyle and culture?
About the curator
Freya Hope has been part of the New Traveller community for 30 years. She is currently studying for a DPhil in Anthropology at the University of Oxford. e
About the exhibition
'New' or 'New Age' Travellers are names often used to describe the mobile alternative community this project focusses on. They formed out of the UK free festivals of the 1960s and 70s, and successive subcultures from then onwards. Inside the group many refer to themselves as 'Travellers', 'site people' or, simply, 'us lot'. This exhibition explores who 'New Travellers' are today and how the latest anti-Traveller legislation will impact their lifestyle and culture.
This virtual exhibition contains photographs taken in 2022, almost exclusively by Freya. Exceptions to this are a small number taken by her daughter Roma, who was her right hand (wo)man during this project, one of Glastonbury Tor from site taken by Vinny using Freya's camera, and pictures contributed by Eadie, Jelly, Jordan and families on the 'Growing up on the road' page. Freya would especially like to thank these people for their collaboration.
She'd also like to thank Kari and all at Moving for Change, everyone from the wider site world who has got involved in this and her broader Doctoral project so far, and to everyone who has agreed to take part and collaborate in the future. This work is ongoing and if anyone else would like to contribute, get involved, get in touch, or leave comments on anything about the exhibition, please use the contact form (link in menu and above).
This exhibition is dedicated to Punk Kath, a central figure in the New Traveller community and beyond. She generously shared her story for this project but sadly passed on before she could see the end result.