Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The museum tells the story of the six Tolpuddle farm labourers whose attempt to create a union of local farmworkers resulted in their arrest and transportation, and eventual exoneration and return to Britain.
The museum uses a combination of display panels, interactive touch-screens, and recreations of original newspaper articles to tell the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, whose tribulation proved a vital event in the history of trade unionism.
At the roadside below the museum is a striking modern sculpture by Thompson Dagnall depicting George Loveless in Dorchester prison. The sculpture is inscribed with Loveless's words, “We will, we will, we will be free.”
There is a Tolpuddle Trail which guides visitors around the village to places with a connection to the fateful events of 1834.
I confess I knew little beyond the outline of the Martyrs' story before visiting the museum, and I left with a great appreciation for the courage shown by these simple men with a strong belief in the rightness of their cause.
If you'd like to learn more about the Tolpuddle Martyrs I can highly recommend the book 'Six for the Tolpuddle Martyrs' by Alan Gallop.
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About Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum
Address: Dorchester Road, Tolpuddle, Dorset, England, DT2 7EH
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: At the western edge of Tolpuddle village
Website: Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Puddletown, St Mary's Church - 1.2 miles (Historic Church)
Clouds Hill - 3.4 miles (Historic Building)
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Moreton, St Nicholas Church - 3.6 miles (Historic Church)
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