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2018 Whitelands Ruskin Lecture - May 11th

6 for 6.30pm Friday 11 May 2018

Gilbert Scott Lecture Theatre, Whitelands College, University of Roehampton

Beate Howitt, Guild Companion and 1957 Whitelands May Queen

‘One of Ruskin’s Whitelands College May Queens: Her Personal Story’.


In 2017, Guild Companion Beate Howitt celebrated the 60th anniversary of her election and crowning as the Whitelands May Queen, in a tradition instigated at John Ruskin's suggestion in 1881. In this year's Ruskin lecture, Beate will share her story of that day in 1957 and all that it meant to her, having travelled  to the UK as a refugee from Nazi Germany, and her lifetime of interest in Ruskin's ideas.

This is a FREE EVENT but please email communications@guildofstgeorge.org.uk to reserve your place.

A finger buffet will be served before and after the lecture.
Printed copies of the lecture will be avilable for purchase on the day and thereafter from our shop.

The May Day Ceremony will follow on Saturday, 12 May. Dr Rachel Dickinson will present the May Monarch and his or her attendants with a selection of Ruskin's books.