There’s a free talk by Dr Ken Lee – an academic with British Gypsy ancestry – about the life of the Gypsy Esmeralda Lock (1854–1939) on Tuesday 22 May 2018.

It takes place from 1.00pm until 2.00pm at the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9JT.

The information about the talk says:

“Esmeralda Lock was a Romani woman, whose life from the age of sixteen was intertwined with Gypsilorists. Accounts of her life appeared in two books, ‘Tent Life with English Gypsies in Norway’ by Hubert Smith, her first husband (1873) and ‘My Gypsy Days’, by her ‘Romani Sister’ Dora Yates (1953). A further account was published in a magazine article by Morley Tonkin (1963).”

Esmeralda married secondly the well-known Gypsiologist Francis Hindes Groome. Her family tree appears on page 25 in the RTFHS publication The Family Tree of Matthew & Merrick Lock  by Eric Trudgill.

Find out more and how to book your free place at this website.

Our thanks to RTFHS Vice President Janet Keet-Black for alerting us to this event.