John Ruskin, one of the leading art critics of the 19th century, was a strong influence on the design and decoration of the Museum's building. To celebrate 200 years since Ruskin's birth, in 2019 the Museum is hosting a series of special events throughout the year.
The Museum is a striking example of Victorian neo-Gothic architecture. Thanks to Ruskin's connections with a number of eminent Pre-Raphaelite artists, its design and decoration now stand as prime examples of the Pre-Raphaelite vision of science and art. Ruskin even sketched his own designs for windows in the building's façade.
Our Ruskin 200 programme provides a variety of opportunities to creatively explore and reflect on Ruskin’s legacy in the Museum today.