Leeds University Library

Romany collections to be revealed

Published Tuesday 15 December 2015

Gypsy girl sat on steps of old caravan in road

Library wins national cataloguing grant for internationally significant archive

Leeds University Library has won a £31,000 grant from the National Archives Cataloguing Grants Programme for its project "Collectors and Activists - Romany Collections at the University of Leeds".

This means that the Romany collections can be extensively catalogued for the first time, to make them more accessible to community groups and researchers. The catalogue will increase public knowledge and understanding of a marginalised community by revealing the rich history contained in the collections.

A project archivist will get to work in spring 2016, cataloguing the Romany Collections item by item, with extensive indexing to make them accessible to Traveller communities. The archivist will work with Leeds GATE (Gypsy and Traveller Exchange), the University's School of History and community volunteers to capture different viewpoints and interpretations within the catalogue records.

Read more about the Romany Collections on the Special Collections blog.

Find out more about the Romany Collection at the University of Leeds