Tea & Talk -

Tea & Talk - "Burston: The Village in Revolt"

Posted on behalf of Ipswich Labour Party

This talk by Shaun Jeffrey, author of "the Village in Revolt" is the story of the longest strike in history

This fundraiser for Ipswich Labour Party is open to members and non-members. Tickets at £8 include tea/coffee and cakes. There will be a raffle, and an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of Shaun's book.

The Burston Rebellion was a revolt born in the fields, and fought by those that toiled in them.

On 1 April 1914 teachers Tom and Annie Higdon were dismissed from their posts in the rural village of Burston, Norfolk, and with it began the ‘longest strike in history’. On that day the children marched around the village carrying large cards aloft, with the slogans “We Want Our Teachers Back” and “Justice We Want”. At the head of the procession was a large banner, inscribed with the one word “Justice”.

Out of seventy-two children, sixty-six had ‘come out on strike’ and with it began a boycott of the local authority school that was to last the next twenty five years. With the strike reaching its second birthday, a national fundraising campaign was launched that went on to raise enough funds for the building of a brand new school. Today the Burston Strike School still stands as a monument to working class education and the struggle against rural tyranny.

21 Sep 2019 at 2:00pm
until 21 Sep 2019 at 4:00pm
Reg Driver Visitor Centre
Christchurch Park

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