The Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum tells the harrowing tale of the Martyrs’ arrest, trial and punishment, leading to the foundation of modern day trade unionism. The museum is a modern, informative and educational exhibition. Using interactive touch screen displays it tells the story in an engaging way.
The museum evolved from library which formed part of the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Memorial Cottages, built in 1934 to mark the centenary of the Martyrs’ conviction. The library, meant for use by the workers living in the cottages, soon became a depository for various artefacts, documents and memorabilia relating to the history of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. Over the years, a rather ad hoc display telling the story of the Martyrs had evolved into the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Museum.
Tolpuddle has long been a place of pilgrimage for trade unionists and visitors from the UK and around the world, for young and old alike. Visitors can discover for themselves how the Tolpuddle Martyrs changed the face of social history and, through their beliefs and actions, made such an impact on society.