In 1982 Aonghus Gordon founded the Ruskin Mill Center for Cultural Development. Today, this includes eight centres:
- Five technical colleges for young adults
- Two technical schools
- An adult centre for care and personal development
All centres are rated "Good" to "Excellent" by Ofsted. The Trust has over 800 employees.
All centres are home to biodynamic farms and gardens.
They are supported by a research centre (the Field Centre, established in 2013) which, in cooperation with other academic institutions, conducts master-level training and doctoral students.
- Meristem College, a collaboration with Ruskin Mill Trust in Sacramento, USA
- A Master’s in specialist education, Practical Skills Transformative Education, a collaboration between Ruskin Mill Trust, the Field Centre, and Inland Norway University
- A Practical Skills Therapeutic Education research project, Revitalist, under Erasmus in Hungary
- Education and training in Ruskin Mill’s Practical Skills Therapeutic Education in Shanghai, China
Awards and Accolades:
1990 Inner Journeys – BBC documentary on the ideas and work behind Ruskin Mill College
2002 Last Chance Saloon – ITV documentary on the work of Glasshouse College
2005 Social Entrepreneur of the Year Ernst and Young
Nominated as a member of the Guild of St George and the Royal Society of Arts
Aonghus Gordon works with the metaphor and principle of "Vital Beauty". His field of activity is social therapy. His inspirational sources include the ideas and thoughts of Dr. Rudolf Steiner and John Ruskin.
To find out more visit us at RMT at www.rmt.org