Videos

Professor Philip Martin, Chair of TOCT, ‘The Building in our midst: A brief history of Tolpuddle Old Chapel and the stories it holds’.

An account of the Old Chapel’s history and anti-Methodism in the early 19thC. 10th April, 2024. This talk is one of a series under TOCT’s 2024 programme, ‘Tolpuddle Family Lives’ funded by Historic England’s national project, ‘Everyday Heritage: Celebrating Working-Class Histories’.

Professor Rachel Worth, Professor Emerita in the History of Dress and Fashion, Arts University Bournemouth, ‘Rural Working-Class Clothing and Change in Victorian England.’

An illustrated talk about how the rural poor dressed in the 19thC with particular reference to Dorset. 24th April, 2024. This talk is one of a series under TOCT’s 2024 programme, ‘Tolpuddle Family Lives’ funded by Historic England’s national project, ‘Everyday Heritage: Celebrating Working-Class Histories’.


Sophie Wright, author of the play, ‘To Win the Day’ about the Tolpuddle wives.

A talk about the unsung people of Dorset and the hardships of nineteenth-century country life.

Steve Wallis who is the Senior Archaeologist at Dorset Council gave us a fascinating and informative talk at the Old Chapel on ‘Drowning the Landscape’ as part of the History Lives talks.

His presentation was about one of the most important features in the history of local farm labour: the watermeadows of the Frome and Piddle valleys. Some of the video quality is reduced due to some technical issue on the day which hopefully doesn’t detract from the presentation.