John Ruskin and Rural Life: his prophetic vision and its relevance to our contemporary world

Tuesday 6 October 2020


The Talk

John Ruskin lived from 1872 to 1900 at Brantwood, a house on a modest estate on the eastern shore of Lake Coniston in the Lake District. Here amongst his multifarious interests as an artist, art critic, geologist, social reformer, historian, philosopher and inspiring prophet he managed the estate according to principles which now seem surprisingly modern.  He campaigned unceasingly for threatened landscapes and buildings.  He established the Guild of St George and when the opportunity to acquire land came about he charged the Guild with making it ‘beautiful, peaceful, fruitful’.  As a Director of the Guild of St George, the speaker will show how the principles are being honoured today, and also how they can continue to inspire other rural communities.

The Speaker

Dr Peter Burman MBE FSA is an architectural historian, living and working in Scotland since 2002, with a strong connection to the Museum. He is Archivist to the Hopetoun Papers Trust at Hopetoun House and a Director of Ruskin’s Guild of St George, founded in the 1870s.

Participant information

Talks start at 6.30pm and last for about one to one and a half hours.  Tea, coffee and cake will be available between 6pm and 6.30pm.  If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.

Please note that three different locations may be used for the evening talks, so please follow signs on arrival.  We have accessible locations for the talks; please let us know on booking if level access is useful.

Fee and refreshments

£14 per person; £12 for Museum Annual Members; £5 for Weald & Downland Museum volunteers. Online booking via   Book five places and get the sixth place free.

You may be asked for proof of status before being admitted so please bring your Membership card or Volunteer’s badge with you.


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