Twenty one miniatures from medieval manuscripts


As a research centre, we hold regular Ruskin Seminars during term time.

Current Ruskin Seminar Series

John Ruskin, Peacock and Falcon Feathers a.o.
John Ruskin, Peacock and Falcon Feathers (1873); L.V. Blandy, Aspen, unidealized, after Ruskin (1875); John Ruskin, Oxalis (n.d.)

Ruskin's Ecology

Inspired by an era of radical change in humanity’s relationship with the environment, Ruskin’s writings affirm his lifelong concern with ecology. In this, Ruskin’s bicentenary year, our seminars for Lent Term will examine the correspondence of Ruskin’s thought with the ecological sensitivities of our own time. Fields considered will range from art and architecture to botany and anatomy.

We are pleased to be presenting this new series of events in partnership with Dr Kelly Freeman (UCL) and Dr Thomas Hughes (The Courtauld). We have designed these events to guide the publication of a book that will extend the exploration of some of the core themes we shall be considering this term.

The series includes an afternoon workshop (open to all), which is framed by seminars that introduce and draw together the consideration of Ruskin’s significance for ecological ways of thinking, writing, drawing, looking at art and architecture, and gardening – among other things. 

Lent Seminar Series 2019 (live)

Our series for Summer 2019 starting on 9 May will introduce the core themes of our forthcoming exhibition: Ruskin and Steampunk: Recovering Radicalism.

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Past Seminars

Explore the Museum's past Ruskin Seminar Series (PDFs).