An annual programme of events and activities to rediscover the legacy of John Ruskin in Sheffield, produced by the Guild of St George.

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Welcome to Ruskin in Sheffield, an annual programme of events and activities to rediscover the legacy of John Ruskin in Sheffield.


John Ruskin was a renowned thinker, writer, artist and social reformer.  He founded the Guild of St George in 1871 to help make the world a better place to live in.


In 1875, Ruskin chose Walkley as the location for St George's Museum to house a remarkable collection of paintings, drawings, architectural casts, books and minerals.  Its purpose was to educate and inspire the metal-workers of Sheffield, whose skill he declared the best in the world.  The Ruskin Collection, owned and supported by the Guild of St George, is now housed at the Millennium Gallery.  


Since 2014, Ruskin in Sheffield has involved over 24,000 audiences, participants and many artists and craftspeople through its events and activities.


We have created events in Walkley, Totley, Rivelin Valley, Stannington, Meersbrook, Ecclesall Woods, on the Manor, at Park Centre, at the Millennium Gallery, and around the city centre.  Another 250,000 people have seen displays in the Ruskin Collection about Ruskin in Sheffield.  We work closely with many Companions of the Guild of St George, volunteers, community organisations and cultural organisations in Sheffield.


In 2019, we celebrated the bicentenary of Ruskin's birth with an exciting programme of events across Sheffield.


We are grateful for a number of funding awards that have made Ruskin in Sheffield possible to date: National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, Being Human Festival of Humanities, Catalyst Festival of Creativity (Sheffield Hallam University), Sheffield Year of Making, University of Sheffield, Church Burgesses Educational Foundation, Sheffield Grammar School Exhibition Foundation, and Mount Pleasant Educational Foundation.


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Ruskin in Sheffield Steering Group

Carolyn Butterworth (Chair)  Director, Guild of St George

Peter Miller, Director, Guild of St George

Simon Seligman, Communications & Membership Officer, Guild of St George

Kirstie Hamilton, Director of Programmes, Museums Sheffield

Sian Brown, Head of Collections, Museums Sheffield

Louise Pullen, Curator of the Ruskin Collection


Ruskin in Sheffield Producer:

Ruth Nutter



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