Ruskin Collection at the Galleries
One of the greatest celebrities of the 1800’s, and one of the most influential men of the Victorian era, John Ruskin was committed to sharing his passion for the beauty of the natural world with the people of Sheffield.
And now, the 19th March 2011 sees his incomparable collection of fine art and natural history returned to Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery.
The reopening sees a complete redesign of the gallery space, new display cases and lighting, improved access to the collections and the addition of comfy seating, as well a chance to explore Ruskin’s Desk and brand new audiovisual interactives.
This collection was established purely for the enjoyment of Sheffield’s city workers, and features work by artists including JMW Turner, Albrecht Dürer andEdwardBurne-Jones, decorative art and craft, as well as a host of geological specimens.
The grand reopening comes as part of a four-month redevelopment project that has been generously supported by DCMS/Wolfson Museums Improvement Fund, the Foyle Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, J. G. Graves Charitable Trust, the Idlewild Trust, the Steel Charitable Trust and income generated through the Big Give fundraising campaign.
Thousands of schoolchildren will also benefit from this injection of history, as the project will continue with a complete overhaul of the Millennium Gallery’s Learning Centre, making it more fun for the little ones!