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The plight of the farm labourer in the mid to late 1800s

Date: 29th Aug 2020
Start Time: 11:00 am
End Time: 3:00 pm

Steve England will be looking back at the hardship amongst the farm workers as the landlords wanted more work for less money. Improved farming practices also played a part. Some families were evicted from their tied himes with nowhere to go.

Inevitably some found themselves up in front of the local justices, often the very people who were creating the problems.

They needed a spokeperson who could coordinate their activities and bargain for a better deal. They found such a person in Joseph Arch who was initially a hedgelayer working around the local farms.

He came to the forefront when, in 1872, he organised a rally of the down-trodden farm labourers. Reports state that 2,000 labourers turned out for the meeting in spite of attemps by the land owners to sabotage the meeting. 

The result was the formation of the Farm Labourers Union with Joseph Arch as their leader. He went on to be an MP and a friend of Edward VII. Learn more about him and the plight of the farm workers through pictures and records and by talking to Steve England.

Guided tours, the mouse trail, films and refreshments in the café, along with gifts / souvenirs, will also be available. ?