Following on from his recently published and ground-breaking book, Their Day Has Passed, Society member Dr. Alan Wright will be giving a public talk on Thursday, 27th September in the small meeting room of St James’s Church Weybridge, shedding insights on the fascinating topic of local gypsy life in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Contrasting romantic views of life on the road (as expressed by some in the settled community) and the more majority view that gypsies should be harried to move on as rapidly as possible, Dr. Wright will explore the causes and consequences of such attitudes in a historical context.
‘Gypsies and travellers undoubtedly stir strong emotions,’ says Dr. Wright. ‘In my book, I show how perspectives and reactions developed in Surrey – which some described as ‘a favourite county’ of the gypsy during the Victorian and Edwardian period.’
Drawing on a wide range of sources in his book, Dr. Wright will review how gypsies were perceived, examine some potential myths and misconceptions, and show how local communities and institutions in Surrey struggled to respond to their presence during a period of rapid change prior to the First World War.
Join Society members for this exciting free talk, doors open 7:30 for 8:00 pm start.
Non-members are charged a small fee of £3 to attend, or feel free to join the Society and attend many more such illuminating events on local history and more!