GYROSCOPE

GYROSCOPE tells the story of how we are reinventing the Dartington Project for the 21st century, and exploring how a place can help people live a more fulfilled life: from the food we eat, to the art that inspires us, to the communities that we’re part of and the impact we have on the world around us.

Read on for news, features, blogs and more.

new to dartington?

The Dartington Experiment began in 1925, when Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst bought a crumbling estate and began to explore how a place could change the world. Today, we are creating a new Dartington Project for the 21st Century that is just as ambitious.

Further reading:
WHAT WE DO TODAY ⇒
OUR HISTORY ⇒

⇓ hot off the press

Summer School is Devon Tourism Awards finalist

Dartington Music Summer School & Festival has been nominated for the Devon Tourism Awards 2019/20 in the category of International Visitor Experience of the Year.

Diary: Notes from the Walled Kitchen Garden

Regular, rolling updates from the brilliant volunteer team at our beautiful Kitchen Garden! Follow the progress of this beautiful organic garden as zero-food miles produce is grown for our café, The Green Table and our restaurant, The White Hart.

Celebrating the launch of the first AWE programme

This week we are celebrating the launch of the first Accelerating Women’s Enterprise (AWE) Making a Difference programme in Plymouth.

⇓ land use: innovative practice from field to fork

Ash die back at Dartington

Ash die back at Dartington

We have been anticipating the arrival of ash die back at Dartington for some years. It’s now unequivocally here – and we are urgently seeking your support to enable us to remove diseased tress from across the estate.

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⇓ general news

Summer School is Devon Tourism Awards finalist

Dartington Music Summer School & Festival has been nominated for the Devon Tourism Awards 2019/20 in the category of International Visitor Experience of the Year.

Celebrating the launch of the first AWE programme

This week we are celebrating the launch of the first Accelerating Women’s Enterprise (AWE) Making a Difference programme in Plymouth.

Old Postern added to English Heritage’s At Risk Register

Schumacher College’s medieval parsonage, once home to the half-brother of Richard II and also to the celebrated botanist William Keble Martin, is among the latest buildings to be added to annual Heritage at Risk Register.

England’s forestry specialists head to Dartington to plan for climate change

A multitude of tree lovers – from scientists to philosophers, foresters to artists, policy experts to designers – are convening at Dartington in response to the Climate Change Committee’s call to increase tree planting for zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Lifeworks charity finds a new home in Dartington

Local learning disability charity Lifeworks has acquired a new site at Webbers Yard, with plans to build a purpose-built base for its central charity offices, further education and training college.

⇓ learning at dartington

How to overcome fear as an aspiring entrepreneur

Why do so many projects, enterprises and businesses fail to get beyond the initial idea phase? Daisy Healy explains why fear is the entrepeneur’s greatest enemy – and how to overcome it.

New Report: Equality Impact Investing – from principles to practice

Inequality is one of the greatest and most pervasive social challenges of our time – so what can the social impact investing movement do to advance equality? A new report looks at these questions and more.

It’s official: Huge impact of social enterprise programmes revealed

A new impact evaluation report has highlighted the remarkable impact and reach of a key social enterprise support programme, which is delivered in the south west by Dartington’s own School for Social Entrepreneurs.

Lifeworks charity finds a new home in Dartington

Local learning disability charity Lifeworks has acquired a new site at Webbers Yard, with plans to build a purpose-built base for its central charity offices, further education and training college.

Dartington Deer Park wall to be removed from Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register

A 14th century deer park wall on the Dartington Hall estate that was in danger of being lost forever is to be removed from Historic England’s ‘Heritage At Risk’ register after repair and conservation works.

⇓ arts, culture & events

⇓ blogs

Diary: Notes from the Walled Kitchen Garden

Regular, rolling updates from the brilliant volunteer team at our beautiful Kitchen Garden! Follow the progress of this beautiful organic garden as zero-food miles produce is grown for our café, The Green Table and our restaurant, The White Hart.

Celebrating the launch of the first AWE programme

This week we are celebrating the launch of the first Accelerating Women’s Enterprise (AWE) Making a Difference programme in Plymouth.

Women supporting women

In what ways can we help each other to succeed, as women? The key is to motivate ourselves to make those new connections with other women we admire, says Daisy Healy of Dartington’s Accelerating Women’s Enterprise (AWE) programme.

Canine capers – now also in the White Hart!

We’re pleased to announce that dogs are now welcome in the White Hart bar and restaurant. Good news for two regular faces around the estate, writes proud owner, gardener Michael Record.

16mm film and Dartington: Then and now

As a new film produced entirely on old-fashioned 16mm film roll comes to our Barn Cinema, Will Kemp tells the astonishing story of how film production shaped Dartington Hall throughout the decades.

⇓ destination dartington

Canine capers – now also in the White Hart!

We’re pleased to announce that dogs are now welcome in the White Hart bar and restaurant. Good news for two regular faces around the estate, writes proud owner, gardener Michael Record.

Metronomy lead singer comes home to headline Sea Change

The lead singer of Metronomy is to return to the fields of his childhood to headline the Sea Change festival this spring, so we caught up with him to find out how he feels about the green, green grass of home.

‘Fifteen’ chef takes over at the White Hart

Our new White Hart restaurant chef has had it with conformity, crap service and egos. Eamon Fullalove, who comes from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, explains how our mouth-watering new menu challenged ‘the usual convention that all food begins with the chef’s mind’.

Our gardeners are going nuts about nuts

In the latest in our series of blogs from our gardens team, garden designer Dan Pearson’s vision is realised further through the creation of a new nuttery and wildflower meadow.

Sea Change partners with Dartington

In an exciting development for all parties, the third edition of Sea Change Festival will see the flourishing event enter into partnership with Dartington Hall, with the estate becoming one of the festival venues.

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