Tolpuddle Radical History School 

Thursday 16 July - Saturday 18 July 2020

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 Migration, Emigration, Immigration and Transportation. 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

Migration, Emigration, Immigration and Transportation

Thursday 16 July - Village Hall, 47 Main Road, Tolpuddle DT2 7HF

10.00     Arrivals

10.15     Registration, introductions, the Tolpuddle Martyrs Les Kennedy

Tea and Coffee will be available

10.45      Human rights through the migrant’s eyes Shami Chakrabarti

11.45      Forsaken and Fatherless: mothering mixed-race children and the negotiation of mobility from Jamaica to Britain, 1780-1840 Meleisa Ono George, University of Warwick        

12.45      Lunch (lease bring your own packed lunch- tea, coffee and soft drinks provided)

2.00        Coming home early: transportation and mutiny in Georgian England with Professor Steve Poole, University of the West of England

3.30        Wherever there is a need, there is my country. Sylvia Pankhurst, London’s East End, Italy and Ethiopia Dr Rachel Holmes

 4.30      Tea and Biscuits

 4.45      The Mayflower and teaching about colonialism Angela Sherlock and Danny Reilly, Mayflower Mavericks

Friday 17 July - Green Room – back of cottages

9.30       Village Walk with Tony Gould and a Visit to Old Methodist Chapel

11.30     Transporting terror from the West Country to the WestIndies: John Tutchin and the writing of a radical diaspora, 1685-1707 Dr John Callow, GMB London Region and University of Suffolk 

1.30      Russia, a migrant countryProfessor Chris Read, University of Warwick

2.30      Stories of class, ethnicity and gender in the long history of migration Joanna de Groot, University of York

3.30       Calling for an end to indefinite detention with Refugee Tales David Herd, University of Kent with contributors to Refugee Tales

 4.30      Cardiff, City of Immigration Dave Steele, University of Warwick

Saturday 18 July - Green Room – back of cottages

9.30         Immigration and the labour movement in the nineteenth century Dr Steven Parfitt University of Loughborough

10.30       The horrors of transportation? Penal policy and lived experienceDr Rose Wallis University of the West of England

11.30       Cousin Jack. a tale of Cornish migration Les Kennedy

12.30       Wind up and review session with Les Kennedy


Radical History Scool 2014