The End of Nomadism. Irish Travellers in England

April 8th 2013

Posted by Sebastian Hesse

This body of work documents a vanishing lifestyle on British Isles: The culture of the Irish Travellers, nomadic people who originated in Ireland, but mainly live in England now. The last resort of their way of life in England are the horse fairs, specially the two most important ones: Stow-on-the-Wold and Appleby.

International attention and awareness were raised in 2011 when England’s largest Travellers Camp, Dale Farm in Essex, was evicted and 80 families were sent into an uncertain future. This story shows everyday life on Dale Farm before the eviction, the eviction drama itself and the pockets of the traditional Travellers’ lifestyle, especially the horse fairs, that are much more than just trading places.

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