In 1934, the TUC chose the tiny Dorset village of Tolpuddle to host large-scale celebrations of the Tolpuddle Centenary, along with events in Dorchester and the TUC Congress of that year coming to Weymouth. This has ensured that the Tolpuddle Martyrs and this small Dorset village have remained at heart of the Trade Union story to this day.

Curator of the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Museum, Tom de Wit, will explore how the TUC used these events – the Dorchester celebrations, the 1934 TUC Congress and the building of the Memorial cottages in Tolpuddle – to associate the organisation with the Martyrs story and the ideas it represents.

This talk accompanies the TUC 150th anniversary exhibition at Shire Hall from 24 October – 18 November.