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.

THE GUILD OF ST GEORGE PLANTS AN ASPEN TREE ON RUSKIN LAND IN MEMORY OF DR JAMES S DEARDEN MBE

On St George’s Day, 23rd April 2022, around 50 Guild Companions & family gathered on Ruskin Land in the Wyre Forest for the Guild’s first face-to-face event in more than two years, to talk, walk, listen, think & engage with each other after a long gap. During the day, Companions Caroline Washington and Elizabeth Scarborough, two of the grand-children of the distinguished Ruskinian and former Guild Master Dr James S Dearden MBE, planted an Aspen tree in his memory. The tree’s protective guard carries a brass plaque honouring Jim, the inscription for which is reproduced below, and there were speeches from Guild Master Rachel Dickinson, Companion Cedric Quayle, former Master Clive Wilmer (read in his absence by Peter Burman) and former Master Anthony Harris (read in his absence by John Iles).

Photograph by Jack Haddon

The plaque inscription reads:
“He hath made everything beautiful, in his time” 

This Aspen tree grows in memory of Dr James S Dearden, MBE (1931–2021), distinguished Ruskinian, Companion of the Guild of St George and its Master from 2005–9. It was planted on St George’s Day 2022 by members of his family and with loving gratitude from everyone at the Guild.

‘And to-day, I found myself lying on the bank with no prospect whatever but that small aspen tree against the blue sky…I began to draw it; and as I drew…the beautiful lines insisted on being traced…each rose out of the rest, and took its place in the air. With wonder increasing every instant, I saw that they “composed” themselves, by finer laws than any known of men. At last, the tree was there.’ John Ruskin, Praeterita

The Stones of Venice

Selected, introduced and read by Robert Hewison.

A reading in twenty episodes, sponsored by Sovereign Films, with special thanks to Donald Rosenfeld and Andreas Roald.

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