Tolpuddle Martyrs' Museum
Dorset DT2 7EH
The Dorset hamlet of Tolpuddle Village is recognised as the place where trade unionism was brought to national attention.
The treatment of the Tolpuddle Martyrs shocked the British public into recognising the appalling conditions being endured by the 19th century labourers and the necessity for someone to speak on their behalf.
The Museum stands in the centre of a row of six Memorial Cottages built in 1934 by the Co-operative Wholesale Society to house agricultural labourers. Initially the central cottage had a library of publications about the trade unions but gradually the local people started bringing documents and artefacts associated with the local heroes.
The Museum tells the story of the six ‘martyrs’ in four sections: Before the Arrest, The Oath and Betrayal, Transportation, and The Homecoming. The museum is small but material is presented in a modern, informative way with interactive displays.
Outside the museum is an unusual stone memorial. A sculpted George Loveless sits leaning against one of six upright stones, each bearing the name of a ‘Martyr’.
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Opening Dates & Times
Summer (Apr-Oct): Closed on Mondays. Tues - Sat 10:00 -17:00. Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Open Bank Holidays at 11:00
Winter (Nov-Mar): Closed Monday-Wednesday and 16th Dec - 3rd Jan inclusive.
Thurs - Sat 10:00 – 16:00 Sunday 11:00 – 16:00
Open Bank Holidays
Closed between Christmas and New Year.
Toilets; Museum shop; Vending machine serving hot and cold drinks; confectionary from shop; garden with seating.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1305 848 237
Take the A35 from Poole to Dorchester and turn off to Tolpuddle on the old Dorchester Road. The village is very close to the re-routed A35 by-pass.
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