Year 8 arrived at the Tolpuddle Martyr Museum, to aid their study of their theme ‘Power and Protest’, armed with their individual ‘Tiny Big Questions’. The emerging historians had prepared for the trip by honing their research skills. The students had access to a number of resources to help develop their understanding of protest and the Tolpuddle Martyrs. They made excellent use of the Tolpuddle Martyr App on the provided tablets while exploring the town trail. Students gained an insight in to the Tolpuddle experienced by the Martyrs through the ‘Rub Away’ feature, and experienced the initiation in to the Martyrs, and their trial, through short films. The museum, however small, contained a wealth of information. Museum curator, Tom DeWitt, was an invaluable source of information. He spoke extensively and passionately to the students about the Tolpuddle Martyrs and put the story in to context, making links to relevant events of the era. He also helped the students understand how the story and actions of the Tolpuddle Martyrs are still relevant today.
Many thanks to Mrs Taylor, Mrs Dible, Mrs Beesley and Mrs Cooper for accompanying us on our trip.