Welcome. We are an educational charity, founded in 1871 by the Victorian art and social critic, John Ruskin, devoted to the arts, crafts and the rural economy. We have more than 320 Companions (members) around the world. We host and present regular events, lectures, collaborations and projects in the UK and internationally; we publish books and a magazine which you can buy from our online bookshop. We own a land-holding, Ruskin Land, in the Wyre Forest and we own and support the Ruskin Collection in Sheffield. 2019 saw exhibitions and events in celebration of Ruskin's bicentenary across the UK and around the world. In 2020, the Guild joined Culture Declares in declaring a climate emergency.

Watch our beautiful new film NO WEALTH BUT LIFE? reflecting on the Guild's recent projects in the Wyre Forest and Sheffield here

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Our founder, John Ruskin (1819-1900)

John Ruskin was a writer, artist and philanthropist. As an author he commanded international respect, attracting praise from figures as varied as Tolstoy, George Eliot, Proust and Gandhi and he was cited as an influence by Clement Attlee and the founders of the National Trust, among others.

He wrote on many things: art and architecture, nature and craftsmanship, literature and religion, political economy and social justice —a dizzying variety of subjects. He also worked tirelessly for a better society and the Guild of St George was part of that endeavour.

The depth and range of his thinking, his often fierce critique of industrial society and its impact on both people and their environment, and his passionate advocacy of a sustainable relationship between people, craft and nature, remain as pertinent today as they were in his own lifetime.

Explore Ruskin’s ideas wherever you see these tags throughout the website Architecture Art Craftmanship Education History Nature Politics Religion Rural economy Social justice