Tolpuddle Martyrs - their story in print


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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, their passage funded by donations.

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.

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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.

Full web resource will go live on 16 July when the exhibition will be launched at this years' Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival.

Please download exhibition flyer here:


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