Throughout 2018 and 2019, Ruskin in Sheffield worked with adults, children and young people to celebrate and enhance the Ruskinian wealth of three vital local community assets in Sheffield:  Park Centre Community Garden, Meersbrook Hall and  Walkley Carnegie Library.  Participants used the Ruskin Collection at the Millennium Gallery as a source of learning and inspiration, and collaborated with the curator of the Collection to create temporary displays for the Ruskin Collection at the Millennium Gallery in 2019.


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Park Centre Community Garden, S2

Meersbrook Hall, S8

Walkley Carnegie Library, S6

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Ruskin at Park Centre Community Garden


Guild Companion and sculptor, Jason Turpin-Thomson, is worked with Manor & Castle Development Trust and local residents to create artworks for their community garden next to Park Centre.


Tuesday 19th June 12.30 - 2pm Celebration of Artworks 

Coates St, S2 5QP (off Duke St)  

Please reserve your place for the celebration event via [email protected].


Funded by the Guild of St George

Saturday 20th to Friday 26th October

The Ruskin Museum Makeover at Meersbrook Hall

Meersbrook Park, Brook Road, S8 9FH


A week of free public displays, events and activities for adults and children to discover the life and legacy of the Ruskin Museum at Meersbrook Hall.  Download the events leaflet here.  


Some of the former rooms of the Museum were given a makeover to share new inights into the lives and work of its curators, its flourishing Sheffield Ruskin Society, the dynamic educational programme at the Museum, and the role played by Sheffield's industrialists and Master Cutlers.


Saturday 20th October 2pm - 9pmm

Displays and creative activities all day, plus:


Louise Pullen, curator of the Ruskin Collection, shows items from the collection that were displayed at the Ruskin Museum.


Images of the Ruskin Museum and contemporary Ruskin poem films will be projected onto the front of the Hall every 15 mins.  Watch from the lawn by the car park.  Soup and hot drinks by Real Junk Food Project from 5.30pm.

The Ruskin poem films were commissioned by Wordlife and Off the Shelf Festival of Words, funded by Arts Council England.


Sunday 21st October 11am - 4pm

Displays and creative activities all day.


Monday 22nd October 9am - 5pm

Displays and creative activities all day, plus:


Do you remember the Ruskin Museum or know someone who does?

You're welcome to come to the Hall to chat to us and other people who remember it.  Relaxed and informal.  Refreshments provided.


Tuesday 23rd October 9am - 5pm

Displays and creative activities all day.


Wednesday 24th October 9am - 9pm

Displays and creative acivities all day, plus:


Volunteer researchers share some fo their findings from recent research into the Meersbrook Museum, using material held by Museums Sheffield, the Guild of St George, and Sheffield Archives.


Thursday 25th October 9am - 9pm

Displays and creative activities all day, plus:


Relaxed, social workshop for adults, offering a range of drawing and craft activities.  Led by a professional artist.  All abilities welcome. Materials provided.


Friday 26th October 9am - 5pm

Displays and creative activities all day.


Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, and Guild of St George, with Friends of Meersbrook Hall and Heeley Development Trust.

Walkley Carnegie Library: Seeing Beauty, Inspiring Minds 

Free street mural and sculpture workshops


Twenty four local teenagers took part in a free series of workshops at Walkley Library to create their own street mural or sculpture inspired by Ruskin's ideas and the Ruskin Collection, to express what mattered to them.  The workshops take place after school over six weeks with professional artists.  The artworks were displayed around Walkley from May to July 2019, and the project was  part of a display in the Ruskin Collection at the Millennium Gallery from September 2019.  



Funded by Arts Council England and Guild of St George.

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Saturday 6th October 2 - 4pm

Bloke's Progress:  An introduction to the ideas of John Ruskin

Walkley Carnegie Library, South Road, Sheffield, S6 3TD


Writer Kevin Jackson and comic illustrator Hunt Emerson was interviewed by Bambos Georgiou about their collaboration to bring the life-enriching ideas of John Ruskin to life in their new book.  Bloke's Progress combines their earlier publication, How to be Rich, and How to See, and includes the new How to Work.  The interview was followed by activities for adults and children to try drawing Hunt's Skittle the dog or close-up nature sketching.  Suitable age 12+.


FREE. Reserve a place via [email protected], or turn up on the day, but space is limited.  Download publicity leaflet here.


Funded by Off the Shelf Festival of Words and Arts Council England

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