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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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  • Called in for a look at the museum and whilst I remember the historic subject at school I found the Museum very informative and interesting. It is a thought provoking place and not so long ago, a must...  more »
  • This is a small museum set in green countryside at the end of a rather plesant village in Dorset. We visited on a warm June morning and were the only ones there. Just as well, because the single room ...  more »
  • Having learnt about this many many moons ago in school, we wanted to visit whilst in the area and were not disappointed. The village of Tolpuddle is worth a visit in its own right but the layout of 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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