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Ruskin’s 1882 drawing ‘Spiral Carving, Rouen Cathedral’, held in the Ruskin Library, Lancaster University.Welcome to the Ruskin Library and Research Centre. More»

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Ruskin Library

The current exhibition in our Gallery is

  • 1 June - 30 September - Towers and Turrets

Open 10am-4pm Monday to Friday.


For further details, see the Ruskin Library exhibitions page


Ruskin Review and Bulletin

The latest edition of the Ruskin Review and Bulletin (11/1, Spring 2015) is now available! It includes Sara Stevenson writing on Philip Gilbert Hamerton and Malcolm Hardman's 'Who is Silvia?'.

To take out a subscription, go to our Publications page - for single issues email the Ruskin Library .


Mikimoto Memorial Lecture 2014

was held on Thursday20th November, Frankland Lecture Theatre, 6.30pm

  • Professor Dinah Birch
  • Ruskin and the Point of Failure 

To watch this lecture, and some previous ones, click here

John Ruskin

John Ruskin

Ruskin was the greatest British art critic and social commentator of the Victorian Age. Did you know:

  • He influenced Gandhi, Tolstoy and Proust.
  • Many of the most successful and lasting social reforms can be traced to Ruskin's writing and thought.
  • He championed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and J.M.W. Turner.

Find out more»


Prospective Students

A research degree with us is suitable for those wishing to explore the multidisciplinary nature of the work of John Ruskin, with access to one of the world’s greatest collections of Ruskin material.

Postgraduate opportunities

Postgraduate Funding Information for 2015-16

Stones of Venice Research Grants

The Ruskin Library and Research Centre is pleased to announce small research grants available to students and early career researchers. More...



View Modern Painters I online

View the Ruskin Research Centre’s Leverhulme-funded electronic edition of Ruskin’s Modern Painters Volume I.

The Works of Ruskin online

The Works of John Ruskin

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