Pontedei Pugn, painting of a cityscape.


We have a bold vision for The Ruskin and you can help us achieve it.

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Every donation makes a difference.

Why we need your support

We believe in the power of this Collection to explore the past and address the future. Through research, interpretation and preservations, working with visitors and specialists across the world, we will inspire creativity and promote debate across the arts and sciences on culture, heritage, landscape and the environment.

Through exhibitions, events and engagement programmes, our work connects communities with Ruskin's art and ideas. Research, digitisation and conservation enhances our understanding of the Collection, shares it with the widest audience and ensures it is preserved for the future.

A donation to The Ruskin allows us to continue our work, which is why we are asking for your support.


The Lecture Diagram Campaign

The Ruskin Whitehouse Collection holds the largest number of Ruskin's magnificent Lecture Diagrams in the world. These large-scale works were created by Ruskin and his associates to illustrate popular public talks on subjects such as art, botany and classics. Some of these diagrams have remained unseen since Ruskin used them himself in his lectures.

The Lecture Diagram Campaign will ensure the preservation of these extraordinary artworks and enable us to digitise, research and share them for the first time.

Ruskin lecture diagram
Edinburgh lecture diagram: Decorated cusped Gothic window by John Ruskin, John Everett Millais and Euphemia Ruskin. Copyright, The Ruskin Lancaster University

Leave a Gift in your Will to The Ruskin

Find out how a legacy gift to The Ruskin will allow us to continue our work and preserve the Collection for future generations.

Leaving a Gift in your Will
Picture by Ruskin of St Marks, Venice
North West Porch of St Mark's Venice, 1877 (detail), John Ruskin. Copyright, The Ruskin, Lancaster University

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