Highbury Heritage Open Day: A celebration of John Ruskin
15th September 2019. 11am – 4pm
2019 is the bicentenary of the visionary art critic, writer, artist and social reformer John Ruskin. To mark this landmark year, numerous organisations in the UK and internationally are presenting Ruskin exhibitions, displays, conferences.
The Chamberlain Highbury Trust is delighted to celebrate the legacy of Ruskin and will open Highbury’s doors as part of Heritage Open Days – England’s largest and festival of history and culture.
What is the link between Highbury and Ruskin?
The architect of Highbury, John Henry Chamberlain, was a disciple of John Ruskin. Like many other architects working in the 19th century Gothic Revival manner, Chamberlain’s imagination was fired by reading Ruskin’s 1853 book The Stones of Venice. He travelled to Italy to see the sites of Ruskin’s inspiration for himself, and soon after his return to England he moved to practise in Birmingham.