It's remarkable to think that 80 years ago a group of Austrian refugees fled from the Nazis and were welcomed by an Aberdeenshire family to begin pioneering work that is now a Worldwide Movement. It started with 2 children and now there are thousands of children and adults living in 119 Camphill communities in 27 countries across the world. This pays testimony to the power of the Camphill vision to transcend geography, culture, language and nationality.
The people of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, with a special mention to the Haughton and Macmillan families, played a significant role in making Camphill what it is today and we believe this is something the North East of Scotland can be proud of.
Around the world, Camphill charities will be celebrating our 80th anniversary. It will be the Worldwide Camphill Birthday Party! Locally we're planning a number of events, including an exhibition showcasing stories of the children and workers in the first two decades of Camphill. The events will take place throughout the next year, when safe to do so, to bring together local people and the Camphill charities to celebrate the last 80 years and to share our exciting vision for the future of Camphill in Aberdeen.
You can read more about our journey from 1939 to now by accessing this document here or for a quick view of our history, a timeline below outlines key dates.
Dr Konig and group arrives at Kirkton House, Aberdeenshire
Camphill House acquired and the Camphill movement founded on 1 June 1940
Camphill School near Bristol started
Glencraig Community in Northern Ireland started
Botton Village in England started, the first Camphill community for adults
Communities started in South Africa, Germany, Holland, USA, Switzerland, Norway and in Stourbridge UK
Dr Konig passed away
1970's and 1980's
Communities started in Finland, Irish Republic, Wales, Botswana, Austria, France, Brazil, Sweden, Canada
Communities started in Eastern Europe-Poland, Estonia and Russia
First Asian community started in India