John Ruskin Museum, Coniston

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Ruskin Museum is a small local museum in Coniston, Cumbria, northern England.It was established in 1901 by W. G. Collingwood, an artist and antiquarian who had worked as secretary to art critic John Ruskin. The museum is both a memorial to Ruskin and a local museum covering the history and heritage of Coniston Water and the Lake District.The museum is a registered charity in England & Wales, constituted as The Coniston Institute and Ruskin Museum.CollectionsIts collections include material on the copper and slate mines of the region, geology, lace making, farming, and writer Arthur Ransome.A larger collection is devoted to the life and work of John Ruskin.A specialist collection covers the achievements of Donald Campbell, who died while attempting a new water speed record on Coniston Water. In December 2006, his daughter Gina Campbell donated the salvaged remains of Bluebird K7 to the Ruskin Museum on behalf of the whole Campbell family. The original boat as recovered is now the sole property of the museum, and the boat is being rebuilt for the museum under the control of The Bluebird Project led by Bill Smith.RedevelopmentIn the 1980s, the museum was at risk, and a project was launched to secure its long-term future. An £850,000 development scheme (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, European Regional Development Fund, Foundation for Sport and the Arts, the Rural Development Commission and others) was started, designed by Janvs Ltd, and the restored museum with a new extension re-opened in May 1999.
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  • Great museum ...Lots of local interest. Very knowledgeable staff... excellent place to learn about the area and past history.  more »
  • A must see to help get a complete view of the lake district, from its' peace and tranquillity to its world news breaking tragedy. A moving experience in the Bluebird gallery as one can expect, but als...  more »
  • Very educational museum.. bigger inside than initially expected, full of artifacts.. lots regarding Donald Cambell and bits from Swallows and Amazon's plus plenty of extra unexpected pieces .  more »
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  • We really enjoyed our recent visit to the museum. It was all fascinating, and we also found the staff to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful. For me the highlight was seeing the remains of Bluebird K7 and I eagerly await the day when the fully restored Bluebird takes up her place in the museum.
  • A good museum for if the weather isn’t so good! The exhibition on the Bluebird was definitely by far the best but I do feel the Swallows and Amazons exhibit was a little bit of a let down along with the background of Coniston Water. However that said, it’s not overpriced and would still recommend to anyone who happens to be in the area and needs something to do for half a day.
  • Welcoming and very friendly staff, brilliant gift shop that gives you the real feel of the lake district
  • The Ruskin muesem was disappointing so we went to the cafe and nearly fainted. 2 sausage rolls 2 scones and clotted cream with 4 bottles of diet coke an amazing £27.50 !!!!!!!!!. No justication for a ridiculous cost for a snack . Please look long and hard at your profiteering. If this price is incorrect we were over charged.
  • Bluebird exhibition is brilliant

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