Ruskin Foundation launches annual London lecture series

The Ruskin Foundation, responsible for the UK’s largest archive of material relating to the life and work of the Victorian art and social critic, John Ruskin, will present the first of an annual series of London lectures on 18 September.

The lectures, which will be given by prominent public figures, have been made possible by a partnership with Sovereign Films, makers of the forthcoming film about Ruskin’s marriage, ‘Effie Gray’ to be released on 3 October.1996p1626 Ponte dei Pugni small

The first lecture, titled “Ruskin and Venice”, will be given by Anna Somers Cocks, the chief executive of The Art Newspaper and former chairman of Venice in Peril. She will reflect on Ruskin’s contribution to our understanding of Venice, in the light of the challenges that now confront the city.

The Ruskin Foundation was established in 1994 to promote the study of the ideas of John Ruskin (1819-1900). It has responsibility for the Whitehouse Collection of manuscripts, drawings, daguerreotypes, and books housed at the Ruskin Library, Lancaster University.

The Ruskin Library, which opened in 1998, is an award-winning building designed by the late Sir Richard MacCormac. It was specially designed to house and display the Whitehouse Collection, with an archive, reading room and public gallery.

The Whitehouse Collection is on long term loan to Lancaster University, which staffs and maintains the Ruskin Library and Research Centre, the UK’s only dedicated centre for research on Ruskin and his circle.

The Ruskin Foundation London Lecture is the second partnership with Sovereign Films. In 2012 a donation established “The Stones of Venice Fund”, to help researchers with travel and accommodation costs to encourage use of the Ruskin Library. The Ruskin Foundation exists to preserve the material legacy of John Ruskin, and to promote the study and dissemination of his ideas. It is a partnership between Lancaster University, Education Trust Ltd. (the owners of the Whitehouse Collection), and independent trustees.

Admission to the lecture is by ticket only. Lecture begins at 6.30pm 18th September 2014.

Venue: The Work Foundation, Part of Lancaster University, 21 Palmer Street, London SW1H 0AD. For tickets please contact Helen Wharton, telephone 015394 41396.

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