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FROM VENICE TO SHEFFIELD – JOHN RUSKIN’S PASSION FOR ARTS, CRAFT AND SOCIAL JUSTICE Simon Seligman Monday 11 February 2019

A lecture celebrating the life of the visionary Victorian John Ruskin, who, as writer, teacher, artist, collector, patron and critic, was perhaps the most complete polymath of the 19th century. Concern about the negative impacts of C19th industrialisation led to him founding the Guild of St George (1871), a charity for arts, crafts and the rural economy. He donated a collection of art, books and minerals for public display and education in Sheffield.


Simon Seligman studied art and architectural history at Warwick University, and the Attingham Summer school. From 1991 until 2010 he worked at Chatsworth, in a variety of roles, latterly as Head of Communications. Has lectured about Chatsworth, the Devonshire Collection and associated topics, throughout the UK and on several US tours (including the Metropolitan Museum and the National Gallery of Art). Publications include written or edited guidebooks and articles for and about Chatsworth.