The TUC celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, and with it, a century and a half of working together to change the world of work for good.
It all started with a simple question. Samuel Caldwell Nicholson, a typesetter and union officer living in Manchester asked: “Why not have a congress of our own?” The Trade Union movement came together in Manchester for the first Congress of 1868, resolved to work as one, and the rest, as they say, is history.
This is a story with particular relevance to Dorchester, because the trade union movement from which the TUC was formed was inspired by events that took place in this very building – the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the subsequent campaign for justice and freedom.
Featuring images, text and a film with 150 inspiring Trade Unionists’ stories.