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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  • You can purchase a ticket that lasts a year- good value. We visited 2 years ago and still found exhibits missed first time. Good use of media exhibits.  more »
  • We visited the museum following a boat trip on Coniston Water where we learnt about John Ruskin and saw his house plus we listened to and saw the landmarks connected with the Bluebird crash / Donald C...  more »
  • Called in after a walk,it was a very interesting museum. I especially enjoyed the section on the Bluebird and Donald Campbell's,I found it fascinating and very informative as made me want to read more...  more »
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  • A treasure of a place. Really good exhibition on the Blue Bird and Donald Campbell.
  • 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.
  • Great insight into the Donald Campbell and Bluebird story
  • To much to see on one visit, brilliant

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