The 320 year-old Sycamore tree where the Tolpuddle Martyrs met has become a symbolic birthplace of the Trade Unions movement. This year we're working with artist Bob and Roberta Smith to explore how ordinary people create change.
Many of our places have connections to protests, mass social movements and the development of the rights we enjoy today. This year as we mark 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre, a turning point in our democracy, we’ll be exploring these relationships with a year-long programme of events, exhibitions, podcasts and more.
This year marks the centenary of a key victory in the struggle for suffrage which gave some women the right to vote. Here's a selection of places in the South West who are exploring the stories of women who fought for the vote and influenced change throughout history.
Immerse yourself in the history of Cornwall's Tin Coast, a World Heritage site defined by mining. Spend the night high on the cliffs in a converted mining workshop overlooking the rolling, Atlantic waves and surrounded by reminders of the mining industry.