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Timeline

Use our interactive timeline to learn about the important events throughout the history of Barnardo’s. Starting from the birth of our founder Thomas Barnardo, the timeline tracks the development of Barnardo’s through the establishment of our homes and up to our work with children and young people today.

Interactive timeline

Timeline overview

1845 – Thomas Barnardo is born

1866 – Thomas Barnardo arrives in London

1868 – Barnardo’s first boys home

1872 – A Mission Church

1873 – Barnardo Marries Syrie Elmslie

1879 – Barnardo’s Village Home opens

1882 – 1939 – Child migration

1889 – Fostering introduced

1891 – Free education for under 10s

1905 - Thomas Barnardo dies

1934 – Barnardo’s Homes

1947 – Adoption society

1948 – State takes responsibility

1950 – Barnardo’s focus changes

1966 – Barnardo’s Changes its name

1970 – Fostering and adoption expansion

1979 – The first ‘adoption shop’ opens

1988 – Dr Barnardo’s to Barnardo’s

1999 – 47,000 children helped

2008 – Campaign to End child poverty

2010 – 100,000 children helped

2013 – 500th Barnardo's store opened

2013 – The Queen visits Barnardo’s

2013 – Barnardo’s today