Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum and Memorial Cottages in Dorset
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The Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum tells the story of the men whose actions lead to the foundation of modern day trade unionism. It sets out the Martyrs' story in four sections: before the arrest, the oath and betrayl, transportation and home coming. It tells of their arrest trial and punishment.
THe museum has been redesigned into a modern educational exhibition with interactive touch screen displays telling the story in text and images.
The Trades Unions and organizations have sponsored a new book and CD Rom. The Museum evolved out of the library which formed part of the Tolpuddle Martyrs memorial cottages; built in 1934 to mark the centenary of the Martyrs' conviction. A miscellaneous collection of artefacts, memorabilia and documents relating to the history of the Martyrs evolved and a new museum opened in 2000 which has become a place of pilgrimage for visitors.
The museum is sponsered by many of the Trades Unions.
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