In 1834 James Brine, James Hammett, George Loveless, James Loveless, Thomas Standfield and John Standfield were arrested, put on trial and sentenced to seven years' penal servitude. Their crime was to join a trade unon in the small Dorset town of Tolpuddle. Nation-wide campaigning resulted in a full and complete pardon for each of them. The Martyrs returned home.
The Marx Memorial Library holds a unique set of contemporary newspapers documenting this story and shedding new light on social and political attitudes and broader debate about workers' rights, trade unions, crime and punishment.
This project, with broad support from the British and Australian labour movements, brings these newspapers to life, publishing them online, in a travelling exhibition and in a related publication.
The exhibition will be launched at the 2017 Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival.
16 July - 3 Sept 2017, Tolpuddle Museum, Dorset
Sept 2017, TUC conference & Labour Party conference in Brighton
5 Oct - 7 Nov, Marx Memorial Library, London
27 Nov - 12 Jan 2018, Islington Museum, St John Street, London
22 Jan - 16 Feb, Working Class Movement Library, Salford
19 Feb - 24 March, TUC Library, London Met University, London