I have known about the Tolpuddle Martyrs since I read about them in a Blue Peter annual sometime in the early 1980s (a quick Google reveals that this was the 11th annual, and I have just bought one on eBay – and yes, children’s TV was more radical back in the day). I have visited various places associated with the Tolpuddle Martyrs over the years, and have been to all of them except Australia and Tasmania. There is something really satisfying about visiting the places where people struggled for freedom from oppression – a feeling of connecting with their struggle, being inspired by their revolutionary spirit.