Ruskin To-Day is an informal organisation that exists to celebrate the life and ideas of the artist, critic and social reformer John Ruskin (1819-1900). It brings together the activities of the many different societies, academic institutions and individuals who share an interest in Ruskin and in the many different aspects of his work. This website serves as a noticeboard to draw attention to the many Ruskinian events that place across the world.

Since most activities are currently suspended, so is the calendar. However, we are beginning to get news of possible openings, and will be glad to publicise them once they become definite.

The celebrated writer and ceramicist Edmund de Waal has agreed to give the next Ruskin To-Day London Lecture at the National Gallery on Friday, 12 November 2021. Announcements about ticketing will be made later.

More good news: Ruskin’s Gardens at his home, Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria will reopen on 27th July. Full protective measures will be in place. Details of ticketing and timing to follow. The houses itself will have a grand re-opening later in the year, by which time accommodation will also become available


We were delighted to receive this message from the Director of the Ruskin Library:

‘A new road on which the world should travel…’

William Morris, Preface to Ruskin, The
Nature of Gothic

When we closed our exhibition ‘Ruskin: Museum of the Near Future’ with Morris’ words, we had no idea how different life was about to become. Ruskin’s art and ideas remain a pathway to look closely, see clearly and imagine freely, finding resilience as we traverse these uncertain times.

Since lockdown began, we have focused on sharing The Ruskin Whitehouse Collection digitally:  campaigns under the global #MuseumFromHome banner, connecting Ruskin collections worldwide through #CollectionsUnited, and a virtual exhibition tour of ‘Ruskin: Museum of the Near Future’ launched on International Museum Day.

In partnership with schools, we’re piloting new digital learning programmes centered in the Collection; and redesigned our website for lockdown with pages to explore our research and Collection. This month, we’re launching our shop online with paper goods, homeware and gifts inspired by the Collection. While we move towards reopening, we’re working with international partners to recast our programme of lectures, live performances, late openings and laboratories digitally from Autumn 2020. Explore highlights from our Bicentenary Year programme below.

Meanwhile, work on our exhibition and research programme continues apace. This Summer, a programme of conservation, funded by the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust, prepares Ruskin’s remarkable lecture diagrams for our first exhibition on reopening, ‘School of Ruskin’. This is part of the overarching project,  ‘Revisioning Ruskin: the Art of Scientific Innovation’ .

With  Ruskin Land , we’re planning a ‘beautiful, peaceful and fruitful’ garden around The Ruskin, and invite your ideas for  ‘A Living Archive’ , a crowd-sourced scheme for a COVID-19 garden of remembrance. If this or any of our other projects spark your interest, or you would like to support us, you can reach us on social media or by email.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Professor Sandra Kemp
Director, The Ruskin – Library, Museum and Research Centre

There are also links to the many organisations that make up the Ruskin community.