Dartington is an old place with a new story. It is a beautiful place to visit, but it has always been much more than that. It attracts people with big ideas who want to change the world.
The Dartington Experiment began over 90 years ago when the founders of Dartington Hall, Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst, arrived on the Devon estate in 1925. Intrigued by the idea of a ‘many-sided’ life, these two progressive activists set out to restore the ruined medieval Hall and estate, and build a community of artists, students, craftspeople, and farmers. Their work, rooted in the local community, had a huge impact on the world outside Dartington – deeply involved as it was in the foundation of the NHS and the welfare state, the Arts Council, agricultural reforms and much more.