Tolpuddle Radical History School 

Thursday 18 July - Saturday 20 July 2019

Open to all, the history school is a great chance to learn more about radical and trade union history. Running ahead and alongside the annual Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival it offers a chance to learn lessons from the past in beautiful, rural Dorset.

The theme for 2019 will be Breaking the mould. The school aims to encourage discussion and thought and will have a wide range of professional historians, as well as enthusiastic amateurs, delivering talks on people and events that have challenged the status quo and advanced the interest of working people.

The history school will take place at the Festival site near the TUC Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Museum, Tolpuddle, Dorset DT2 7EH.

Camping is available in the Festival field - and your tent or camper van and car parking tickets can be bought seperately. For other accommodation options in the area try

Draft Programme

Breaking the Mould

Thursday 18th July

10.15             Introductions and Registration with Les Kennedy

                      Tea and coffee will be available

10.30             From the shop floor to cabinet office - Margaret Grace Bondfield Dr. Sue Milner

11.45             Art and Artists in the Russian Revolution Professor Chris Read 

12.45            Lunch - Please bring your own packed lunch. Tea, coffee or soft drinks provided

2.00               Greasing the farmers down’: Chartism and South West rural worker Professor Steve Poole

3.15               ‘Suffragettes in Trousers’: Men’s involvement in the campaigns for women’s rights in Britain Dr. Claire Eustance            

4.15               Tea and biscuits

4.30               All in it together: women in the early BBC Dr Kate Murphy

FRIDAY 19th July

9.30              Village walk with Tony Gould and visit to Old Methodist Chapel

11.30             Making History; Mary Turner and the GMB at work Dr John Callow GMB

12.30             Lunch

1.30               tbc

2.30               Our Sylvia Dr. Rachel Holmes

3.30               Suffering for the Suffrage: Suffragettes, Hunger Strikes and the Politicisation of the Female Body Dr. Sarah Richardson

4.30               Crowds and Power Dave Steele

Saturday 20th July

9.30               Emma Paterson Dr Steven Parfitt

10.30             Breaking Bonds: the prosecution of rural protest in the 1830s Dr Rose Wallis

11.30             tbc

12.30             Wind up and review session with Les Kennedy

Radical History Scool 2014