DGLG - Moving Forward
Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group provides valuable assistance and information to the Gypsy community in and around Derbyshire. DGLG also has close relationships with local authorities and services to aid managing Gypsy culture with knowledge and respect. DGLG work is not exclusively in Derbyshire.
DGLG activities include:
Our Heritage Keeper- Gordon Boswell
A Poem for Gordon
A limb has fallen from the family tree
I keep hearing a voice that says:
Grieve not for me, remember the best times.
The laughter, the song, the good life I lived when I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.
Continue traditions, no matter how small,
Go on with your life, and don’t just stare at the wall.
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin;
until the day comes we’re together again
(c) Boswell family
Gypsy history is essentially an oral one, not set down in books and the Gaje community have had their own idea of Romany Gypsy people, often imagined and portrayed through art, poetry, literature and a plethora of research studies of people from the outside.
Gordon felt it was important to record his own history, not just the Boswell family history but for the Gypsy community as a whole. Following in the steps of his father, he put work into collecting and maintaining the museum, which is now very impressive. Many who visited Gordon’s museum posted comments on trip advisor :
“The large display is impressive “
“The Romany Museum is frankly a hidden treasure. It is a jewel in the countryside,”
So long may Gordon and the Boswell family legacy remain.
Gordon will be greatly missed.
Heritage open days for 2016 are 8th -11th September. Please see information on the Heritage or Events page for our open day and any events for the coming year.
As part of the Digital story of DGLG we have located some of the previous calendar PDFs.
Please can we remind that most of the photographs are copyrighted in our calendars from DGLG archives or we were given permission to use them for the calendar by individuals that own copyright. Please contact us regarding copyright for permission if you would like to use any of them.
Please check Calendar page for downloadable PDFs - Calendars PDFs available for Heritage Open Days 2015 this year are 2006 & 2008
New to come 1999 - 2014 past calendars.
As part of the Digital story of DGLG all the past calendars will be available on this page soon as PDFs please can we remind that most of the photographs are copyrighted in our calendars from DGLG archives or we were given permission to use them for the calendar by individuals that own copyright. Please contact us regarding copyright for permission if you would like to use any of them.
Read about DGLG activities, reports on progress, news and events.
Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January) is a national event in the United Kingdom dedicated to the remembrance of the victims the Porrajmos [Holocaust] first held in January 2001 it has been on the same date every year since. The chosen date is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Union in 1945; please note that this slide show contains images taken from the trip to Poland taken in 2010 as our memorial to the day these will be on the site throughout January.
This year the theme is “Don’t Stand by”
The National Holocaust Centre and Museum, Acre Edge Road, Laxton, Newark, Notts, NG22 0PA, phone 01623 836647 01623 836647, is holding an exhibition of some of the Romani Holocaust photos that National Gypsy and Traveller historian and researcher, Bob Dawson has bequeathed them in a special exhibition running throughout June and it is hoped beyond. More info here
All Our Stories Highways, Byways and Stopping Places
We have been awarded by Heritage lottery to undertake a digital story of DGLG. Please check events page. Heritage projects will be uploaded onto the Patrin website. Visit here
Anyone wanting to add photographs or information to the heritage pages can do so through one of the Patrin administrators please contact NFGLG heritage officer through the www.nationalgypsytravellerfederation.org website.
AGM report 2015 will be available as a PDF Document. shortly
PQASSO Accredited level 2 DGLG was awarded the Home Office Queen's Award for Innovation in Police Training...
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