The Brazil family are
traditional south country Romany Gypsies who have retained an
interest in the culture and long established customs of their
ancestors. This includes the skills and crafts needed to build or
repair the wagons once lived in by many Travellers. The use of
wagons as living accommodation declined after the Second World War
to the extent that they are now almost extinct and can usually only
be found in collections or museums. Over the years the Brazils have
worked on wagons and built a considerable reputation for their
craftsmanship. They have built a Burton type wagon
from scratch and have several preservation projects to complete.
It was their wish to help the general public gain a better
understanding of Romany culture by enabling their wagons to be
viewed and inspired the forming of the South
East Romany Museum. All are welcome to arrange visits by going to
contact us page. The
Museum has already had many visitors not only from the locality but
from throughout the UK and from other countries.
The museum has a
meeting room suitable to
cater for artists, groups, school groups
(max 25 pupils) etc. On display in the
room are pictures videos and, dvd's
of Gypsy history and culture.
We also give
wagons and wagon painting
Talks on the
Romany way of life
The Brazils are also
prepared to take their culture to the community. They have a history
of visiting schools and Roma heritage events where they transport a wagon
or two and set up a camp in the traditional Romany way
and invite the community to visit them. They are prepared to
present their way of life and answer any questions regarding Roma or Romany culture.
If you are interested in such a venture please see the
contact us page for our details.
Visits taking restored wagons to
schools and other groups can be arranged from £100.00 per visit plus
expenses to cover mileage.
If you have any items
of Romany interest that you would consider donating or loaning to
the museum please contact us.