Meath Travellers Workshop will display their highly acclaimed Living History project at Kennedy Place, Navan from 9am to 5pm on Friday, as part of National Heritage Week
They have re-created a real life picture of Traveller life in the 1950‘s. The scene includes a fully restored barrel top wagon, a traditional tent, a flat cart, working tin-smith, a story telling Traveller woman and of course, a camp-fire.
Meath Travellers Workshop recognises the importance of Traveller culture, history and identity and believe in sharing this unique part of Irish life with the wider community.
By literally setting this scene, visitors can visit the camp and spend time learning about what Traveller life was like fifty years ago.
The 1950’s was a period of change for everyone in Ireland and it is a time that is still within living memory for many people.
It was the last time traditional Traveller life was fully intact. Soon after, a move to towns and cities began and their time honoured skills of tin-smithing and crafts became less wanted.