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.

John Ruskin, aged 38, 1857.
Engraving by Francis Holl, after George Richmond.
Courtesy Ruskin Foundation.

Upcoming events and exhibits: 2018

30 Apr - 01 May
Conference and Exhibition: The Collingwood Archive Celebratory Conference
Cardiff University Main Building

Cardiff University Special Collections and Archives is hosting a two-day conference to celebrate the Collingwood Archive and the year-long project to catalogue it. The conference will promote scholarship in the field of Collingwood studies and raise the profile of the Collingwood Archive to potential researchers.

The Collingwood family’s diverse interests and experiences span art and art history, archaeology, architecture, aviation, Icelandic studies, philosophy, Ransome studies, Ruskin studies, and many more subjects beside.

The conference will coincide with the launch of an exhibition of treasures from the Collingwood Archive. This exhibition will be the first time many of the magnificent items from the Collingwood Archive will be available for public viewing.

Cardiff contact: David Boucher BoucherDE@cardiff.ac.uk

02 May
Readings Event: Ruskin readings at Wenlock Priory, Shropshire
Wenlock Priory, Shropshire

2-4.30pm

An English Heritage Event

Cynthia Gamble will be leading a literary and artistic walk among the picturesque ruins of Wenlock Priory, pausing at appropriate spots, such as the chapter house with its blind arcading, to evoke the presence of John and Effie Ruskin (who visited Wenlock Priory in 1850) through the reading of passages from The Stones of Venice and Effie’s letters. There will also be readings from works by Henry James and Henry Adams who were greatly influenced by their visits to the medieval ruins and their stays in the prior’s lodgings.

Cynthia will be accompanied by William Motley who lived in the prior’s lodging and who was baptised in the ancient oratory for which the magnificent curtains embroidered with Pre-Raphaelite motifs were made.

The walk will be preceded by a talk by Cynthia and William about Wenlock Priory and Abbey, with a special focus on Cynthia’s book Wenlock Abbey 1857-1919: A Shropshire Country House and the Milnes Gaskell Family. 

03 May
Lecture: Ruskin and Apocalypse
Lancaster University

Dr Matthew Bradley (Liverpool University, English Department) and Professor Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University, Institute for Social Futures)

Part of: ‘Thinking Fast and Slow: Ruskin Seminar Series 2018’

Working at the time of fracture of the sciences from classical studies, poetry and religion, Ruskin was one of the last great truly interdisciplinary thinkers. This new seminar series will pair speakers from across the arts, humanities and sciences to debate how Ruskin’s works challenged perception, language and perspective, and anticipated modes of thinking today.

10 May
Lecture: Reconstructive Intelligence: Ruskin and Education in the Museum and the Theatre
Lancaster University

Dr Marcus Waithe (Cambridge University, English Department) and Professor Jeffrey Richards (Lancaster University, History Department)

Part of: ‘Thinking Fast and Slow: Ruskin Seminar Series 2018’

Working at the time of fracture of the sciences from classical studies, poetry and religion, Ruskin was one of the last great truly interdisciplinary thinkers. This new seminar series will pair speakers from across the arts, humanities and sciences to debate how Ruskin’s works challenged perception, language and perspective, and anticipated modes of thinking today.

11 May
Lecture: 'One of Ruskin’s Whitelands College May Queens: Her Personal Story’
Gilbert Scott Lecture Theatre, Whitelands College, University of Roehampton

6 for 6:30pm

The 2018 Whitelands Ruskin Lecture

Speaker: Beate Howitt, Guild Companion and 1957 Whitelands May Queen

In 2017, Guild Companion Beate Howitt celebrated the 60th anniversary of her election and crowning as the Whitelands May Queen, in a tradition instigated at John Ruskin’s suggestion in 1881. In this year’s Ruskin lecture, Beate will share her story of that time and her lifetime of interest in Ruskin since.

This is a free event, but please email communications@guildofstgeorge.org.uk to reserve your place.

Whiteland College’s annual May Day Ceremony with follow on Saturday, 12th May. Guild Director Dr. Rachel Dickinson will present the May Monarch and his or her attendants with a selection of Ruskin’s books. 

 

 

18 May - 18 Jun
Exhibition: Drawings of British Flora
Ruskin Library, Lanacaster

A touring exhibition by the American Society of Botanical Artists

25 May
Lecture: Ruskin and Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith
Lancaster University

Dr Emma Mason (Univerity of Warwick, Department of English and Comp. Lit Studies) and Jo Carruthers (Lancaster University, Department of English and Creative Writing)

Part of: ‘Thinking Fast and Slow: Ruskin Seminar Series 2018’

Working at the time of fracture of the sciences from classical studies, poetry and religion, Ruskin was one of the last great truly interdisciplinary thinkers. This new seminar series will pair speakers from across the arts, humanities and sciences to debate how Ruskin’s works challenged perception, language and perspective, and anticipated modes of thinking today.