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The origins of The Travellers Aid Trust date back to the mid-80’s, when most of the original trustees worked as volunteers with Festival Welfare Services. This involved welfare work with new Travellers at free festivals and the running of an advice line. Much of this work centered on liaising with solicitors and police around access to Stone Henge. The need for these services was made more acute following the behavior of riot police during the now infamous ‘Battle of the Beanfield’ in June 1985, in which many Travellers were assaulted, their homes destroyed and children taken into care.