Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, Dorchester

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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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  • August 19, 2017
    My husband, mother and I visited this afternoon. Nice compact, unpretentious museum. Very informative, although my mother found some of the panels a little difficult to read. Great sycamore tree on th...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    I am currently studying History GCSE: Crime and Punishment and one of the topics was the Tolpuddle Martyrs. When I found out we was visiting Dorset I immediately requested to visit Tolpuddle and see t...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    My knowledge of the English labor (as in union) movement was practically nil before visiting this small museum. Documenting one of the first revolts of local farm workers at the horrible conditions th...  more »
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  • Brilliant talk by Tom? about the background to the museum. Whole place well done, considering it 's lack of finance. It is a very important story!
  • Very small. All in one room. Interesting and in a great location.
  • Great haven and history of the labour movement
  • 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.
  • Great place to visit, it was very interesting.

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