Appleby Horse Fair

A photo series taken at the annual Appleby Horse Fair in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria.

The Horse Fair is one of the largest of its kind in Europe, drawing in thousands of members of the Gypsy and Traveller community.

Able to trace its history for centuries, the event has drawn controversy in recent years amidst growing sentiment against Travellers, the Coronavirus Lockdown and most recently the ‘Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill’, which was enacted in April of 2022, giving the police more powers to evict Travellers from sites they deem ‘unauthorised’ as well as making it easier to confiscate their property.

Capturing this event and community as they are now is vital, because an already maligned minority now face even greater limits to their freedoms.

June 20, 2022
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