People from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller heritages rarely see themselves represented in public spaces except in terms of ‘hypervisibility’ – a type of visibility in which images ‘of Gypsies’ are very available, so it feels as though we might ‘know them’, but in fact, these images form racialised stereotypes that have little to do with their everyday lives. In this guest blog post, Dr Annabel Tremlett discusses her research into the lived experiences and identities of the marginalised Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showman and Boater communities of the UK.

Ladies and gentlefolk, take your seats for the latest theatre experience Portsmouth has to offer – a journey through time, with exhibits from the renovation and refurbishment of Portsmouth King’s Theatre from the pre-fabricated reinforced cast plaster coving to push plates polished to thin wafers of brass, and other preserved curiosities now on display in the first floor display area of the University Library.

Japanese-English bilingual children's books in translation from Outside In World, part of the Near and Far World Books Collection.

Near and Far World Books are pleased to present the Japanese-authored collection of bilingual Japanese children’s books in translation from Outside In World, now on display near the Library Coffee Shop.

Roma family life - a recent display by Dr Annabel Tremlett

Do you have something you want to share with the world? From photographic exhibitions exploring the landscape, culture and architecture of the globe to artistic hobbies, self-expression projects and explorations of race, hair, gender and expression, artists books and creative projects by illustrators, the Library has been proud host to many a creative project. I warmly invite all you aspiring artists, hobbyists, and folk with something to say to display your passion in our naturally lit display spaces.

A group of school leavers visited us as part of their National Citizenship Service to design and carry out a social action project and created a community display that represented their interests as young people, to make an impact on the academic community at the University of Portsmouth. View images of the display here on the Library blog or come in and see the display for yourself in the Library Atrium.

Come view Dr Annabel Tremlett’s latest photography exhibit exploring the self-identity and lifestyles of Roma, Gypsy, and Traveller communities in celebration of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month, now showing in the library ground and first-floor display areas. 

Are you a budding artist, designer or hobbyist? The library display space is available to all students and staff to exhibit what fascinates them, from art and design to photographic collections, painted miniature collections, academic posters suitable for a general audience or more conceptual pieces.