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Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, Dorchester

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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3.1/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
In the 1830s life in villages like Tolpuddle was hard and getting worse. Farm workers could not bear yet more cuts to their pay. Some fought back by smashing the new threshing machines but this brought harsh punishments.

In 1834, farm workers in west Dorset formed a trade union. Unions were lawful and growing fast but six leaders of the union were arrested and sentenced to seven years’ transportation for taking an oath of secrecy. A massive protest swept across the country. Thousands of people marched through London and many more organised petitions and protest meetings to demand their freedom.
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  • We have all heard of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, but now I know what they did. Interesting and informative. A self guided walk around a hall with stories and illustrations. Thankfully, stools were provided...  read more »
  • Small it might be but the story and the message of the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum packs a powerful punch to today's visitors of all ages. Told in a series of banners, the Martyr's story is one of a smal...  read more »
  • This is just a tiny museum but it is very informative. It tells the story of the six martyrs who stood up for the rights of the working people. They were very brave but they paid a huge price for thei...  read more »
  • Worth popping in if your In the area , beautiful countryside
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