Burston Strike School

Burston Strike School

Crown Green, Burston, Nr Diss, IP22 5TP
Phone +44 (0)7810 301398

The fascinating site of the longest strike in British history.

The Burston Strike School is famed as the site of the longest strike in British history and is the site of an annual commemorative rally.

On April 1st 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 with cards hanging from their necks demanding We Want Our Teachers Back.

The banner at the head of the march was inscribed with just one word Justice. Sixty-six of the local children had gone out on strike in support of their teachers, and the boycott of the local authority school lasted for the next twenty five years.

The museum comprises the original strike school and related displays.

individual visitor, educational and history groups, trade unions and schools are all welcome to visit.
A member of the trustees can provide a welcome and to talk about the Burston School Strike and its legacy if arranged in advance.

Recommended length of visit: 30 minutes to 1 hour.

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Travel and parking

Three miles north of Diss. Free parking in the village. Public transport: Trains to Diss.  Simonds bus number 1 www.simonds.co.uk from Norwich and Diss.


Directions to pick up the museum key from a nearby location can be found at the museum. Please telephone to check availability in advance.



Facilities and access




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