The Ruskin Collection

  • Guided Tour |
  • Wednesday, 19 October 2011 - 14:00 until 16:00

The Ruskin Collection, known officially as the Collection of the Guild of St George was amassed by John Ruskin (1819-1900), an influential Victorian writer. He had spent over 40 years travelling in Britain and Europe, gaining fame by writing about art, architecture, geology and landscapes.


By the 1870s Ruskin's interest had turned to social policy, and he founded the Guild of St George with an aim to making England a better place for the everyday worker. Through the Guild, Ruskin formed the collection and in 1875 opened a museum in Walkley. He aimed it at Sheffield's workers, wanting them to escape the smoke that surrounded them and immerse themselves in nature and art.


We shall be given a guided tour of this exciting collection by Curator Louise Pullen, in two groups during the day.