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

20 Oct - 26 Oct
Exhibition: Ruskin Museum Makeover at Meersbrook Hall
Meersbrook Park, Sheffield, UK
24 Oct
Symposium: Celebrating the Life and Work of Wendell Berry, sponsored by The Ruskin Art Club
Doheny Library, University of Southern California, University of Southern California, Huntington Library Institute for the History of California and the West

Speakers: Professor David St. John (Department of English, University of Southern California); Dr. Sara Atwood (The Guild of St. George and Portland Community College).

Film: “Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry”

24 Oct - 24 Feb
Exhibition: Edward Burne-Jones
Tate Britain
24 Oct
Paul Mellon Lecture: Tristram Hunt on 'John Ruskin'
Yale Centre for British Art, Lecture Hall, 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven


V and A Director Tristram Hunt speaks on John Ruskin, offering a unique perspective on Ruskin’s writings about art and museums in Ruskin’s time as well as our own.

03 Nov
Lecture: ‘Ruskin, the Pre-Raphaelites and the Oxford Museum' Guild of St George AGM at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Oxford Museum of Natural History

Lecture Given by John Holmes, Professor of English, Birmingham University

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