Dartington Who’s Who

Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst purchased the Dartington estate in 1925, and initiated the ‘Dartington experiment’, setting up a host of farming, forestry and educational projects.

Since then Dartington has become a magnet for artists, architects, writers, philosophers and musicians from around the world, creating an exceptional centre of creative activity.

Use this searchable, interactive feature to explore Dartington Hall’s extraordinary history through some of the remarkable figures who have helped shape it.


Who's Who

   

Barbara Jewell


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When anyone talks of Dartington’s Retail Shop (the precursor of the Cider Press Centre) Barbara Jewell’s name is invariably mentioned in the same breath.

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Beatrice Musson


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Beatrice Musson brought an unforgettable charm and grace to 29 Dartington Summer School of Music events in her role as registrar.

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Beatrice Straight


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The remarkable story of Dorothy Elmhirst's Oscar-winning daughter.

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Beatrix Farrand


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Beatrix Farrand was a remarkable garden designer who had a signficant hand in Dartington's own Gardens in the 1930s.

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Bernard Forrester


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‘Bernie’ was an inspiring teacher, who for some 30 years taught pottery at Dartington Hall School, having come to Dartington in 1932 with Bernard Leach.

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Bernard Leach


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One of the most highly regarded international potters of the 20th century and founder of Dartington's pottery studio.

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Bill and Maggie Hunter


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A couple whose long Dartington association included the founding of the Dartington Hall Film Unit.

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Brian and Jerry Millman


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Brian and Jerry Millman were two of Dartington’s most loyal, steadfast and versatile employees, working here for nearly half a century.

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C.F. Nielsen


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The progressive and sometimes controversial manager of Old Parsonage Farm in the 1920s and 30s.

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Cecil Collins


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A highly-regarded Neo-Romanticist artist whose works have graced the Tate.

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Christopher Martin


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A much loved arts administrator who created the Arts Department at Dartington Hall in 1934.

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David Lack


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Lack’s ‘The Life of the Robin’ was, and is, the most influential and comprehensive book written on the much-loved bird.

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Edna and Bert Pitman


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Edna and Bert were an integral part of Dartington Hall School and Old Parsonage Farm life for more than 30 years.

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Elizabeth Clough


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For over 20 years, Elizabeth Clough was a familiar face at Dartington's annual Summer School event.

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Elizabeth Peacock


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Internationally-renowed weaver who, in the 1930s, produced the wall hangings that still grace the Great Hall today.

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Florence Burton


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For almost forty years, Florence played a key part in the Dartington Hall arts scene.

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Frank Crook


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Crook was the manager of Barton Farm in the 1920s, and oversaw a revolutionary and perhaps controversial milking experiment.

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Frank Thrower


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The creator and chief designer of Dartington Glass, established in 1967.

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George Honeywill


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George worked on various aspect of Dartington Hall estate maintence for 48 years, including the establishment of the private water supply.

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Helen Glatz


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A highly talented, dedicated musician and teacher who wove herself into the fabric of Dartington life.

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Henry Moore


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Moore, a household name who produced and exhibited internationally, created the Reclining Figure sculpture found in our Gardens.

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Herbert Mills


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Mills had a varied career at Dartington spanning many decades, including as mechanic, fireman and butler's assistant.

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Horace Davis


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From 1931-81, Horace Davis' work in electrical maintenance and in the Barn Theatre was instrumental to keeping the show on the road.

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Imogen Holst


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Holst, the only child of the composer Gustav, most famously known for The Planets, was an inspiring teacher at Dartington Hall in the 1940s.

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John Amis


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John Amis was a long-time Manager at Dartington’s Summer School of Music: the organiser, the fixer, the man behind the scenes, as well as the host and the man to run to in a crisis.

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John Wales


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John Wales remains a key figure in Dartington’s rich history, most notably for his role in founding Dartington Hall School.

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Kay Starr


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Kay was Leonard Elmhirst’s secretary -and like many women of her generation in clerical posts, was a person of remarkable influence and ability.

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Kurt Jooss


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German ballet director Kurt Jooss came to Dartington in 1934 with his dance company the Ballets Jooss and the Jooss/Leeder School of Dance.

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Mark Tobey


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Tobey, whose paintings were widely recognised throughout the United States and Europe, first came to Dartington in 1930.

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Mary Bride Nicholson


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It is doubtful that anyone at Dartington Hall today knows more about the place, its people and its history than Mary Bride.

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Michael Dower


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The creator of DART, a leading research and consultancy unit in the field of countryside recreation, rural development and conservation.

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Michael Young


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A Dartington Hall Trustee for over 50 years, Lord Young has been described as 'a one-man think tank and as an inventor of social institutions'.

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Michel Chekhov


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Michel Chekhov was the nephew of playwright Anton Chekhov, and established the Chekhov Theatre School at Dartington.

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Percy Cane


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Cane, successor to landscape gardener Beatrix Farrand, is best known for the York stone steps beside the Tiltyard in our Gardens.

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Peter Cox


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For nearly 40 years the performance and teaching of the arts at Dartington Hall was largely developed and shaped by Peter Cox.

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Peter Sutcliffe


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For nearly 30 years Peter was the engineer of The Dartington Hall Trust’s commercial development as Director and General Manager.

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Richard Creed


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Richard Creed has long been one of Dartington’s most ardent supporters and dedicated Summer School participant.

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Robin Johnson


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Along with Victor Bonham-Carter, Robin set up the Records Office, which subsequently became the Dartington Hall Archives.

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Robin Tanner


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Robin Tanner was a Quaker, educationalist, artist, illustrator and etcher.

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Roger Morel


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Roger Morel was responsible for the the first ever production of pasteurised apple juice in the UK during his time at Dartington.

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Roy Truby


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Roy Truby was a talented musician and teacher at Dartington for very many years, having arrived here from teaching in Launceston, Cornwall.

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Royston Lambert


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Royston was a progressive Headmaster of Dartington Hall School from 1969-73.

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Rudolf von Laban


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Laban’s teaching is at the root of modern dance, and his influence on the classical ballet world has been seen in the work of many choreographers.

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Ruth and Maurice Ash


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The story of the elder child and only daughter of Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst, and the Wimbledon competitor and army veteran she married.

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Tom Griffiths


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For more than 30 years the East Wing of Dartington’s Courtyard was known as The Devon Centre, with Tom Griffiths the Centre’s first and its most influential Warden.

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Walter and Emily Thomas


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Walter Thomas – or ‘Tommy’ as he was known to Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst’s children – was the Elmhirst family butler.

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Wilfred Hiley


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Wilfred Hiley was manager of the Dartington Hall woodlands from 1931-61, and received a CBE in recognition of his services to forestry.

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Willi Soukop


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Willi Soukop is best known at Dartington as the sculptor of the bronze ‘Donkey’ (1935) and the granite ‘Swan Fountain’ (1950).

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William Curry


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William Burnlee Curry was Headmaster of Dartington Hall School from June 1930 until 1957.

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Sir William Glock


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Without William Glock, many renowned musicians would not have come to perform and teach at the Dartington Summer School of Music.

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William Weir


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William Weir was the craftsman-architect responsible for the reconstruction of the roof of the Great Hall at Dartington.

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