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Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum

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Address: Dorchester DT2 7EH , England
Phone Number: +44 (0) 1305 848 237
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Not a bad museum

Whilst staying in Tolpuddle I popped into the museum out of Curiosity. It was very interesting telling the tale of 6 18th century agricultural labourers imprisoned and sent to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Rugeley, United Kingdom
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English first
Dorchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is small but important. The story of these martyrs is vital to the history of Trade Unionism and it is presented clearly in this small room with video and posters There are souvenirs to be bought (I have a mug with the names of the six farm labourers and their story on it) When visiting Tolpuddle don't miss... More 

Thank FrankCox
Rugeley, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whilst staying in Tolpuddle I popped into the museum out of Curiosity. It was very interesting telling the tale of 6 18th century agricultural labourers imprisoned and sent to Australia for organising a trades union. The world is a very different place today, the poor workers cottages in Tolpuddle have very nice BMWs parked outside. The local pub the Martyrs... More 

Thank madmadandsatandog
North Tawton
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed our visit. Not the most sophisticated of museums - the story is told through a video and printed banners - but especially visiting the day after the Lords vote on Tax credits, the impact of the debt owed to the Tolpuddle Martyrs is clear. Although I knew a bit about the subject, there was much I was not... More 

Thank Rowena F
Greater London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Very small and limited museum that tells the story of how the actions of a few changed the lives of many. Not a big fan of trade unions in their current guise (London Tube strikes etc.) but recognised the impact of the Tolpuddle 6 had on the world and wanted to share that with my son. Set in a charming... More 

Thank Bryan M
Essex, England
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93 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The museum tells the story of the six men who rebelled against the establishment for better living conditions and the start of the Unions. The tour of the village, which you can information of in the museum doesn't take long and there is a pub enroute.

Thank Tad666
Amersham, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

The museum is a series of banners that tell the story of the "martyrs", their fight for Union recognition and their shocking treatment. Valuable history but told in a repetitive and staid fashion.

Thank FormerFlyer19560415
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

A valulable museum capturing an important moment in Western society and in the age of minimum wage and zero hour contracts still incredibly relevant today. The museum doesn't take long to get around, being one small room and is a timely reminder of what these men stood for and started. Whatever your politics though, this is a place that is... More 

Thank a_travellerPeterboro
Battle, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Have always wanted to visit this museum and I was glad I did. I agree with others who have said how important this museum is in documenting a vital aspect of British, or even world industrial history. it is small and it is free, although a donation is encouraged, but it contains an amazing amount of information and artefacts concerning... More 

Thank Robin Y
Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Packed with information that told the story of the Tolpuddle Martys in a simple but informative way. Also had computer screens with Tony Robinson telling the story.

Thank Richard S
Rugby, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

A poignant and moving reminder of the abuse of power by the rich. And also a tale of the power of the collective. It served to remind me how much fairer and compassionate society can be when power is spread more evenly. I'm no fan of trade unions weilding their power too much and too often but the power that... More 

Thank Bob H

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