Gordon Boswell Romany Museum

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The Gordon Boswell Romany Museum is the lifetime's work of Gordon Boswell (died 27 August 2016, aged 76[1]), who amassed a collection of artefacts, photographs, and several examples of the characteristic Gypsy wagon or Vardo.[2][3][4][5] The museum also operates a number of non-Romany vehicles, including a horse-drawn hearse. The collection is housed at Clay Lake, Spalding in Lincolnshire, England.

Building bridges to the non-Romany community had tradition in Boswell's family. His great-grandfather had been an important source of information on Romany traditions and language for Victorian academics including George Borrow. Gordon Boswell's father Sylvester published in 1970 a best-selling autobiography, "The Book of Boswell",[6] which portrayed the Romany life. Gordon Boswell gradually collected waggons, carts, and other artefacts of Romany life over many years. The museum that resulted was opened on 25 February 1995.[7]


The museum is open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays between roughly Easter and the end of October each year. There is access to all exhibits for the disabled. An admission fee is charged. The museum uses one of the wagons for organised trips in the nearby Fenland.[8]

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  1. ^ Harrison, Lynne (6 September 2016). "Funeral for man who touched many lives". Lincolnshire Free Press (Print version). p. 7. 
  2. ^ "The Museum's own web site". 
  3. ^ "Gordon Boswell Romany museum". Cilture 24. Department of Educartion. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Gordon Boswell * Museum*". Romany Jib. Archived from the original on 5 May 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Boswell museum". My Learning. Archived from the original on 21 May 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Boswell, Sylvester (1970). The Book of Boswell. Penguin. 
  7. ^ "Fitting send-off for ‘great ambassador’ of Romanies". Spalding Guardian. 15 September 2016. p. 7. 
  8. ^ "Gordon Boswell Romany Museum". Lincolnshire county council. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 

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Coordinates: 52°46′21″N 0°08′35″W / 52.77238°N 0.14314°W / 52.77238; -0.14314