Ruskin To-Day is an informal network devoted to promoting wider knowledge and understanding of the ideas of the great Victorian writer, reformer and artist, John Ruskin (1819–1900).

2019 will see the bicentenary of Ruskin’s birth on 8th February, 1819. This site has been set up to provide as much information as possible about Ruskin-related events that are taking place between now and the close of 2019.

There is a calendar of events that will be updated regularly, and a map that will help you find events near you.

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

Ruskin To-Day congratulates Dr James Dearden, founder of the Ruskin Association and editor of the Ruskin Newsletter 1969-2000, former Master of the Guild of St George, on his appointment as MBE for services to Culture.

Courtesy: Ruskin Foundation (Ruskin Library, Lancaster University)

Upcoming events and exhibits: 2018

17 Nov
Day School: ‘Ruskin the Great Victorian'
The Birmingham and Midland Institute

The Day School will begin at 9.30am with coffee and a Danish before two morning lectures. We will have a break at approximately 11.30am followed by a lecture before lunch. Lunch will be served at approximately 12.30pm. In the afternoon we shall enjoy two further lectures before finishing with tea and biscuits at 3.30pm.


Rita McClean


Dr Cynthia Gamble (Former Chair of the Ruskin Society and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter) – ‘How Ruskin Changed Proust’s Life: From Dilettante to Writer’

Joe Holyoak (Architect and urban designer, architectural columnist for the Birmingham Post) – ‘Ruskin and J. H. Chamberlain’

Dr Tom Jones (Lecturer and art teacher) – ‘Drawing as Seeing: Ruskin Today’

Ellen McAdam (Director of Birmingham Museums Trust) – ‘Ruskin and Burne-Jones’

Professor Stephen Wildman (Lancaster University) – ‘Untold Pleasures: The Ruskins’ Turner Collection’

More information and tickets can be found here

17 Nov
Day School: ‘Ruskin The Great Victorian’
Day School at The Birmingham & Midland Institute

9.30am until 3.30pm

For further details see

21 Nov - 06 Feb
Exhibition: 'Black Sun, Blue Sky' by Patricia Townsend
Brantwood Blue Gallery, Coniston, UK

A starlike object moves in the dark space of the Blue Gallery whilst, in the Annexe, the sky has shattered into a cairn of shards.

The Transience of Wonder: sculptural installation  and Black Sun: video installation

Video artist and sculptor Patricia Townsend returns to the Blue Gallery five years after her video installation Morecambe Bay. In Black Sun she presents a hypnotic vision which is powerfully moving together with a sculptural installation in the Annexe reflecting Ruskin’s love of the sky; polarities which usher-in 2019, the bicentenary of Ruskin’s birth.

22 Nov
Seminar: ‘A life which was not theirs’: Natural History and Memory in Ruskin and Eliot
Ruskin Library and Research Centre for Culture, Landscape and the Environment, Lancaster Unversity


Timothy Chandler, University of Pennsylvania and Humboldt University Berlin and
Andy Tate, Reader, Department of English & Creative Writing, Lancaster University

For more information, please contact via 01524 593587 or

06 Dec
Ruskinian Close Listening and Conceptive Cartography
Ruskin Library and Research Centre for Culture, Landscape and the Environment, Lancaster Unversity


Jo Taylor, Manchester University, Jen Southern and Linda O’Keefe, Lancaster Institute for the
Contemporary Arts (LICA)

For more information, please contact via 01524 593587 or