Tolpuddle Martyrs

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Martyrs and today's unionists

The Tolpuddle Martyrs were a group of agricultural labourers who were tried and transported to Australia for the 'crime' of trying to form a union. Their story is key to the formation of modern trades unionism.

Visit for more information onthe Martyrs' Story, Museum and village, Martyrs' Festival and Rally, Radical History School, Martyrs' Shop, Photo Gallery, Tolpuddle banners, Events and news ...and more.

2012 Festival and Rally

Friday 13th July to Sunday 15th July 2012

The annual Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival is a unique event and hard to describe. There has been a celebaration of the Tolpuddle story every year since the 1930s and the Festival is a key date for the Labour Movement. But it is a lot more than a rally for trade unionists. For more information visit

The event, in Dorset on July 18th, 19th and 20th, combines music with politics and is one of the highlights of the trade union calendar....
07 April 2014