The Burston School Strike is not just one of Norfolk’s most famous ‘people revolts’ but it sits amongst the most influential ever seen.
Over one hundred years on and an annual rally is still held in the village in September with some 3000 plus in attendance. Over the decades the story has seeped into wider consciousness to such an extent that, for example, a documentary was made in the 1970’s, and a full length BBC film starring Bernhard Hill in the 1980’s. But despite of the level of interest in the Burston story, and the growing attendance of the annual Strike School Rally, there has never been a comprehensive and historically accurate book written on the subject.
That though has finally been corrected. The Village in Revolt: The Story of the Longest Strike in History is NOW available. Based on years of research (that has uncovered many new details about the life and times of Tom and Annie Higdon, and the history of the strike itself), at some 100,000 words and 24 illustrations, this biography and history is the most definite work ever produced on the subject.
The Burston Rebellion has inspired people for over a century, and yet the actual facts of the struggle are little known – No one until now has been aware of Annie Higdon’s remarkable family background. The true extent of Tom Higdon’s relationship with agricultural trade unionism has never been appreciated until now. The Rev. Charles Tucker Eland viciously pitched himself against non-conformism, and yet he was raised by a non-conformist family. Remarkable facts, that few know, except by those that have already read the book.
The book is already available in many shops, but it can be ordered through any high street bookshop or online platform (we highly recommend ordering through your local independent)
- Posted by BurstonStrikeSchool
- On June 8, 2018