Tolpuddle Radical History School 

Thursday 19 July - Saturday 21 July 2018

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 2018 will be the TUC's 150th anniversary 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 key elements.

Tickets for the Radical History School and the Weekend Festival - £70 per person (parking and camping fee is separate).

BOOKING HERE - from 1 April

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

150 Years of the TUC

Thursday 19 July

Tea and Coffee will be available

10.15               Introductions and Registration with Les Kennedy

10.30               TUC150: TUC and governments with Chris Wrigley Nottingham University

11.45               Out on the ‘Costa del Trico’ the 1976 equal pay strike at Trico Folberth Brentford with Sally Groves, former Publicity officer, Trico Strike Committee

12.45               Lunch Please bring your own packed lunch

Tea, coffee and soft drinks provided

2.00                 The Maltreated and the Malcontents: Working in the Great Western Cotton Factory 1838-1889 with Mike Richardson Bristol Radical History Group and the University of the West of England

3.15                 Keir Hardie: Do we need to Remember him? with Fred Reid        

4.15                 Tea and Biscuits

4.30                 New Unionism, New Women and the Bristol Socialist Society 1889-1890 with Sheila Rowbotham Honorary Fellow at Manchester University

Friday 20th July

9.30                 Village Walk with Tony Gould and Visit to Old Chapel with Stephanie Jenner

11.30               The General Strike: in theory, in practice, and in political memory with Dr John Callow GFTU

12.30               Lunch

1.30                 Visit to the Shire Hall Dorset with Anna Bright and Anne Brown

5.00                 Tolpuddle: history, heritage, and the TUC with Professor Clare Griffiths Cardiff University

Saturday 21st July

9.30                 A special relationship? The TUC and the American labour movement with Dr Steven Parfitt          

10.30               The sisters and the class: 150 years of women and unions with Joanna De Groot UCU  

11.30               Closing Panel with Chair Meirian Jump andProfessor Mary Davis, Lord John Monks, Paul Nowak TUC Deputy General Secretary

12.30               Closing remarks and review session with Les Kennedy



Book online from here. £70 includes weekend festival pass.. Early booking is recommended as numbers are limited.

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