The Victorian aesthete John Ruskin gathered a brilliant collection of minerals, paintings, ornithological prints and manuscripts over his years, and in 1875 opened a museum for his collection in a cottage in the Sheffield suburb of Walkley. The collection relocated to Meersbrook Hall in 1890, where it lived till 1953. This October, visit the hall and find out about the life and legacy of the museum at the Ruskin Museum Makeover programme of events.
For one week only, some of the former rooms of the Ruskin Museum will be transformed with displays inspired by the museum’s past.
On display will be artwork by early-20th-century Sheffield-based curator Genevieve Pilley, one of the best manuscript illumination artists of her day; historical newspaper coverage of the museum; and some of the original artworks and furniture from the Meersbrook Museum. Look into the past with research from Carfield Primary School, architecture students from the University of Sheffield and local volunteers and historians – and look to the future of Meersbrook Hall by sharing your ideas too.
Head down to the hall for a special launch evening on Saturday 20th October, when there'll be projections of poetry films onto the hall's exterior from 7pm and food on sale from the Real Junk Food Project from 5:30pm. Over the week there'll be chance to get involved with a range of free activities – from illuminated lettering to wire sculpture, nature drawing to heritage talks to a huge jigsaw – see the full programme.
Saturday 20th October 2-9pm
Sunday 21st October 11am-4pm
Monday 22nd October & Tuesday 23rd October 9am-5pm
Wednesday 24th October & Thursday 25th October 9am-9pm
Friday 26th October 9am-5pm
Meersbrook Hall is accessed via the upper entrance to Meersbrook Park on Brook Road.