As part of the Tolpuddle Family Lives project, backed by funding from Historic England’s Everyday Heritage Grant Programme, the Tolpuddle Old Chapel Trust are celebrating working-class stories through a number of workshops.

Ros Atkins will lead five free sessions at the Old Chapel in Tolpuddle on Dorset Button Making as part of the project.

Each session will look into a different type of traditional button from the county.

They will take place on Saturdays between 10.30am to 12pm for five weeks from April 20 to May 18, with the final session and additional slot for children aged between eight to 12 to craft a simple cross-wheel button.

An additional slot is on Wednesday, May 29 at the same time.

The sessions will look into the cross-wheel, the Dorset posy brooch, and the singleton button brooch.

In centuries past, buttons were a vital source of income to mainly working-class women in the Dorset area, who managed to earn a wage on the side to help look after their families.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible person over 18 years of age. Each session requires £10 refundable deposit on booking.

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