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Exhibition in The Reading Room

  • Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds The Reading Room Oban PA34 5TT (map)

Gypsy/Travellers have been an integral part of life in Argyll and across Scotland for hundreds of years. Traditionally, families of Travellers would criss-cross the country earning a living by: picking soft fruits, planting and harvesting potatoes known as ’tattie howking’ and undertaking other seasonal agricultural tasks; harvesting whelks (winkles) from the shore-line; metal working such as silver and tin-smithing; basket making; peg making and hawking or selling door-to-door; and before it was banned, pearl fishing.

On display are some items associated with traditional activities and the lives of Gypsy/Travellers in the past. The objects have been lent to the museum by local  families and many of the items have been handed down through the generations.

Gypsy/Travellers continue to contribute to the rich cultural life of Argyll.

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