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Tolpuddle Martyrs trail gets funding boost
2:06pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
THE STORY of the Tolpuddle Martyrs will be brought to life with a new audio visual trail around the Dorset village.
The South West TUC (Trades Union Congress) has been awarded a grant of £38,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help develop the trail.
The project will give visitors insights into the sites where key moments took place in the lives of the six agricultural workers, who were transported to Australia in 1834 after forming a trade union.
Visitors will be able to visit various points of interest in Tolpuddle where scenes from the story will be recreated on mobile phones or tablets by actors playing the martyrs and their wives.
Sites on the route include the famous Martyrs Tree, where visitors will be able to view a re-enactment of 19th century farm workers discussing how to resist further pay cuts.
Instead of seeing just a plaque marking where the secret oath was taken, people will be able to see a short film of the ceremonies.
Nigel Costley, regional secretary of the South West TUC, said: “This is terrific news. “We're thrilled that, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, a new generation has the chance to learn of the inspiring story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ – six men who sacrificed their freedom to remain strong to their principles.
“Their courage enshrined in law the right to join a trade union – something that is as important for working people today as it was then. “This project will bring the village of Tolpuddle of 1834 alive.”
The Heritage Lottery Fund’s head of South West Nerys Watts said: “The story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs continues to inspire us today, and marks a key milestone in the history of human rights.
“We were delighted to able to support this project which will ensure that future generations can continue to understand and appreciate the importance of what happened in Tolpuddle nearly 200 years ago.”
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