The Traditional Crafts hawked by Romanies and other Traditional Travellers- see under Books/Culture
Gypsy hand made lace
Romani/genealogical research book - 'Who was Ann Gregg?' See under Books/History and Lifestyle
SUPER NEW GREETINGS CARDS - SEE UNDER ROMA/GREETINGS CARDS
Note: This website is new - apologies for any blips!
Welcome - I'm Robert Dawson, specialising in Gypsy and Romany books; antique, vintage, old and modern Gypsy postcard, historical documents and educational materials for Britain's Traditional Travelling people. Largely, they are the remnants of my collections. My items also include things about Irish Travellers. I've been involved with Travellers (especially Romani/Romany Gypsies and Scottish Travellers) for over 60 years. You can say it's been my life.
In my experience, Traveller has become a dirty word but Travellers are, very largely, good decent and honourable people. I find them friendly, interesting and hospitable. The word has become besmirched by a small handful and, of course, the ragings of the gutter press.
I am proud to know so many good people. This website is unashamedly pro Traveller and that is reflected in many of the products. I make no profit, never have. Odd things make a profit but cover losses on other things and is ploughed back into the community. All told, I can prove that I am out of pocket by over £100,000 and probably a good deal more - I detest the 'Gypsy Industry'. I seek to record aspects of culture so it is not lost for future generations, to educate GTs and gorjers about that rich culture and history - and the destructive prejudice against GTs. That has always been my aim.
Overseas purchasers. Please contact me for a postal cost before placing your
If there's something you fancy and you can't quite make the price, make me an offer!
Writing interests and details of my published material.
Details of my Email Writing Scheme for schools.
Ethnic Minority Publisher
Gypsy and Traveller specialist books
I am a small one-person publisher of books by and about Traditional Travellers - British Romany Gypsies, Scottish and Irish Travellers – where the books add to the previous knowledge. This section gives books currently in print.
I also produce postcards depicting Traditional Travellers from old photos and cards.
Cards, Games, Leaflets and Quizzes, Language and Maths Activities and Other Items
Advisor on Genealogy of British Traditional Travellers. More about Genealogy
Champion of Bees
In recent years, I've become fascinated with solitary bees and bumble bees. Most people think of bees as just honey bees and bumble bees, but solitary bees - and there are about 240 different species in the UK - are every bit as interesting. In 20o years, I have seen the numbers of species of solitary bees logged in my village declining from 21 to 3 and the numbers of species of bumble bees from 12 to 3. Systemic insecticide and other environmental problems are the reasons, yet we rely on bees (directly or indirectly) for 60% of the world's foodstuffs.
Stamps/Collectables to help tackle leprosy
I voluntarily take in stamps, postcards and cigarette cards (even the humbled 2nd class blue stamps torn round from envelopes!) which I sort by various categories and send off to the Leprosy Mission, These are sold on to dealers and the money - over £1.5M so far - is used to finance vaccinations against the bacillus, to operate on hands and feet affected by it and to educate and prevent. I'm always glad to receive such collectables from half a dozen to albums. A friend, Chris, does exactly the same but specialises in old coins/foreign coins/bank notes. I can put you in contact.
REASSURANCE: The Paypal checkout charges the full p&p for every item BUT excess P&p will be refunded.