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Thursday, 10 May 2012

North West Kent Family History Society Meetings-June 2012, visitors welcome. Working Class Movement Library. Ag labs in the 1830's- Tolpuddle Martyrs' Museum and Festival Website.

North West Kent Family History Society Meetings-June 2012.

Bromley Branch, Bromley Methodist Church, College Road, Bromley BR1 3NS. Hall opens 9.45am.

Saturday 19 May,  Else Churchill "Researching before 1700 using alternative resources"
Saturday 16 June, Dr Ann Kneif "The Glass Industry in the Weald"

Saturday Dartford Branch, Dartford Technology College, Heath Lane, Dartford. Open from 9.45am with the meeting proper starting at 10.30am.

Sevenoaks Branch, Sevenoaks Community Centre, Otford Road (at junction with Crampton Rd.), Sevenoaks, starts at 7.15pm.

Thursday 14 June Scott Belcher "Chatham Dockyard"

There are bookstalls and people willing to help. Visitors are welcome (a donation is appreciated). Please check the website before travelling to ensure that no changes have occurred. More details and maps can be found at NWKFHS Meetings

Working Class Movement Library.

The great majority of us will have our family roots in working class people. This site WCM Library  contains a wealth of information about records of over 200 years of organising and campaigning by ordinary men and women, brushmakers, silk workers, tailors, boilermakers and others. You can search what records are held and there are links to many other sites.

Ag labs in the 1830's- Tolpuddle Martyrs' Museum and Festival Website.

In the 1830s Farm workers could suffered cuts to their pay. Whether in Kent or Dorset of any other county our Ag lab ancestors were on the verge of destitution. Some resisted by destroying the then new threshing machines. In 1834, farm workers  Dorset formed a trade union. Though Unions were lawful the six leaders of the union were arrested and sentenced to seven years transportation for taking an oath of secrecy.

Major protest swept across the country and thousands of people marched through London and many more signed petitions and organised protest meetings to demand their freedom. The campaign was successful and the Tolpuddle Martyrs returned home in triumph. If your ancestor was an Ag lab at this time anywhere in the country they most like would have been involved, they were almost certainly suffering cuts to already low pay.

The Tolpuddle Martyrs' Museum and Festival Website will give you lots of information and background to what was happening to your Ag labs in the 1830's.

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