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The Ruskin

Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4YH, UK

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About The Ruskin

The Ruskin Library and Museum sits at the entrance to Lancaster University and is open to everyone. It is free to visit, with stunning exhibits on display from John Ruskin’s life and work. In this piece, we will begin with a short discussion on Ruskin’s contributions to Victorian society and his relevance today. We will then turn to the construction of this very modern-looking building and the work its staff are doing to engage the wider public with the thoughts and philosophy of John Ruskin.


Attractions near The Ruskin

Ashton Memorial3.93km from The Ruskin

The Ashton Memorial is a folly in Williamson Park, Lancaster, Lancashire, England. This Grade 1 listed Ashton Memorial was commissioned by Lancaster industrialist Lord Ashton as a tribute to his late wife Jessy. It was designed by John Belcher and completed in 1909. Today, the memorial serves as an exhibition space on the upper floor and a venue for concerts and weddings.

Williamson Park3.93km from The Ruskin

Williamson Park comprises 54 acres of beautiful parkland with enchanting walks and play areas and breathtaking views. Its attractions include the Butterfly House, small animal zoo and a fully licensed cafe with free wifi. The park is extensively wooded, with many pathways winding among the trees.

Lancaster City Museum4.42km from The Ruskin

A majestic museum which was situated in the heart of this historic cultural city of Lancaster in an elegant Georgian building is where to discover more about Lancaster’s past from the Romans to the present day. The museum itself was founded in 1923 and its collections illustrate the history and archaeology of the city of Lancaster. It is also home to the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum.

Judges Lodgings Museum4.58km from The Ruskin

The Judges’ Lodgings is Lancaster’s oldest townhouse, standing on the site of an earlier hall. It was built around  1625 and was the residence of wealthy Lancaster citizens and visiting judges for nearly 200 years. Today the house is home to beautiful Georgian furniture by Gillows of Lancaster, elegant period rooms, and the popular Museum of Childhood.

Lancaster Castle4.58km from The Ruskin

Lancaster Castle, often known as John O’ Gaunt’s Castle is one of the most historically fascinating surviving buildings in the country.  The castle has witnessed scenes of significant historical, cultural, and political impact throughout the centuries. These include incidents of religious persecution, the trials of the ‘Lancashire Witches’ and 200 executions for everything from murder to stealing cattle.

Lancaster Priory Church4.67km from The Ruskin

This beautiful church was a 15th-century building and it contains several pre-Conquest reminders of an earlier building, including a Saxon doorway and fragments of Saxon crosses. It is in the deanery of Lancaster, the archdeaconry of Lancaster, and the Diocese of Blackburn. Its benefice is combined with that of St John and St Anne. The present building holds Viking ornaments, crusaders’ coffins, and part of Jacobean ‘three-decker’ pulpit.

Where is The Ruskin

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Lancashire is a ceremonial county and geographical area in North West England. The county has some spectacular coastal landscapes, from the stunning sweep of Morecambe bay to the gay promenade of Blackpool - a popular seaside resort since Victorian times. Morecambe bay has over 120 sq miles of mud flats, home to a wide range of sea birds and wildlife, forming an important northern winter sanctuary.