Valuing John Ruskin

Speaker: Joan Winterkorn

The Royal Society, London | 4 October 2022

Joan Winterkorn – world-leading expert on archives and literary and historical manuscripts –will give the 2022 Mikimoto Lecture. Joan was responsible for valuing The Ruskin Whitehouse Collection on behalf of the National Memorial Heritage Fund for the purchase of the Collection by Lancaster University in 2018. In the Mikimoto Lecture she will describe her encounters with Ruskin elsewhere - in unexpected archives and collections across the UK and USA, with particular reference to Ruskin as a book collector.

About the Speaker

After spending the early part of the 1970s working in London and New York as an archivist and rare book and manuscript librarian, Joan Winterkorn went on to join Bernard Quaritch Ltd where she spent the next thirty-three years. As Director, and Head of Valuations at Quaritch she oversaw private valuations and sales of noteworthy archives and papers including the archive of the Royal Society of Literature, the Mountbatten Papers, the Coleridge Family Papers and those of Peter Brook, Laurence Olivier and the James Lovelock Papers.

Since 2015, she has been a member of the Acceptance in Lieu Panel and helped secure a number of key collection arranged the acceptance of a number of key collections, including the Murray Archive, the Baroness Thatcher Archive, the Charles Sturt Papers, the Butler Papers.

More recently, as part of her ongoing work with the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund, Joan has been instrumental in securing archives of significant importance for the nation. These include the Winston Churchill Archive, the John Betjeman Library, the Alan Turing Papers, the ‘Lost Photographs’ of Captain Scott and the Minton Archive, amongst others.

Joan is a Trustee of the Pilgrim Trust, a Trustee of The Friends of the National Libraries and a member of The Ruskin Advisory Board. She is part of a Working Group on the UK Literary Heritage and previously sat on the Editorial Board of The Book Collector for twenty-three years.

Her expertise and exceptional record of achievements have been recognised when she was awarded The Benson Medal (2006) by the Royal Society of Literature for services to literature, and an Honorary Degree of Master of Arts by Cambridge University, a rare honour. Joan is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and member of The Groiler Club (New York), and of The Athenaeum (London) where she is a member of the Club’s Library Committee and Archive Group.

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