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Our history

Discover the history of the UK’s leading children’s charity. Read about the work of our founder Thomas Barnardo and request information about deceased relatives that were once in our care.

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Important events throughout our history

Thomas Barnardo

The life and work of our pioneering founder

History FAQs

Answers to questions about our history

Former homes

A directory of former Barnardo's homes

Barnardo’s and royalty

Information about our close links with royalty

Making Connections

Services for former Barnardo’s children

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