Lancaster's Tribute to Ruskin

95 years after his death, Lancaster University creates a modern masterpiece to house John Ruskin's books, manuscripts and diaries

John Ruskin (1819-1900), Victorian critic, artist, educationalist and visionary, is the subject of a major project at Lancaster University some ninety-five years after his death. The prime mover behind a nearly-£3 million development – Professor Michael Wheeler – has almost achieved his dream of creating a modern masterpiece at Lancaster to house the collection of Ruskin books, manuscripts, drawings and diaries which have been kept at Bembridge School on the Isle of Wight for two generations. This concept relies on a bid for £1.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The proposed building by Richard MacCormac will overlook sea and lakeland and has already been lauded by The Independent's Jonathan Glancey as a 'remarkable new library'. Despite Ruskin's Victorian gothic roots, this is a daringly exciting oval building which it is hoped it u ill be completed before the centenary of Ruskin's death.

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