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Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, Dorchester
(3.8/5 based on 130+ 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've driven past the sign to the TUC Museum several times, and it has always piqued my interest, partly because of the Tolpuddle Martyrs place in the history of organised labour. It was a wet Friday ...  more »
  • I debated 3 or 4 for this one. I found it interesting because I wanted to learn about the 6 men transported on trumped-up charges after agitating for a living wage. I can see, however, that it's of li...  more »
  • This small museum is packed with history of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, the begining of trade union in this country. Inside there is are many papers and banners and outside the statue and stones must be se...  more »
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  • In a time when the working mans wage barley paid their rent or food bill it's right to remember these few people who's life's changed thinks the museum is informative and welcoming the have a yearly walk through the village to commemorate the martyrs.
  • This museum is free, so it's got to be good value. It's only small but quite thought-provoking, Warning: it's nearly out of the village and poorly signposted. Basic refreshments available.
  • Really great museum
  • Worth popping in if your In the area , beautiful countryside
  • A valuable time remembered