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 new graphic panels telling the story in text and images. The museum sets out the Martyrs' story in four sections: Before the arrest, The Oath and Betrayal, Transportation, and the Homecoming.
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.
Museum Opening Times (Summer April-October)
Closed on Mondays. Closed on the Sunday of the Tolpuddle Marytrs' Festival (3rd Sunday in July)
Tuesday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday 11.00am - 5.00pm
Open Bank Holidays 11.00am
Museum Opening Times (Winter November - March)
Thursday - Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm
Museum Closed between Christmas and New Year
Access for the disabled
Lay-by for coach parking opposite the museum
Toilets including disabled facilities
Souvenir sale Garden with seating
Vending machine serving hot drinks, cold drinks and confectionary available from the museum shop
Maximum number of visitors at any one time is 30
Coach parties by prior booking only - please ring museum for availabilty