THE RUSKIN COLLECTION March 24th – May 25th
True North Brew Co in partnership with The Guild of Saint George, Museums Sheffield has reproduced a selection of images from The Ruskin Collection.
Until May 25th this unique collection of images are being displayed in The Forum before becoming a permanent exhibit in our new venture Walkley Carnegie Library.
In 1875, John Ruskin founded the St George’s Museum in Walkley with the intention to foster ‘the liberal education of the artisan’ encouraging people to enjoy the Peak District whilst appreciating extensive collection of books, manuscripts and minerals held in the museum.
So it seemed fitting that with the development of Walkley Carnegie Library that Ruskin would become a part of True North Brew Co’s new development. The joint venture between the community and True North brew Co has meant that the library has been able to remain open and its development will only continue to encourage visitors to Walkley.
JOHN RUSKIN (1819 – 1900)
John Ruskin was one of the greatest thinkers and writers of the 19th century. Above all he wrote about art, nature and architecture. In 1875 he established a remarkable collection of paintings, minerals, architectural casts and illuminated manuscripts at St George’s Museum in Walkley for the education of metal-workers in Sheffield.
His most influential work was a series of essays on economics called Unto This Last (1862). His ideas on free libraries, museums, schools, a minimum wage and pensions were an inspiration to Britain’s Labour Party, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Sheffield’s inventor of stainless steel, Harry Brearley.
Ruskin helped people to see beauty in Nature and to challenge ugliness in everyday life, which was especially evident in industrial cities. He inspired the formation of environmental protection groups including the National Trust and the Council for the Protection of Rural England. In 1871, Ruskin formed the Guild of St George to help make the world a better place to live in.