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John Ruskin Prize

An MBE for former Guild Master, Dr James S. Dearden

My predecessor as Master of the Guild, Dr James S. Dearden, was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The citation describes Jim as Founder of the Ruskin Association and states that the award is given ‘for services to culture’. Jim’s foundation of the Ruskin Association in the late 1960s marks the beginning of the Ruskin revival from which we all benefit now. A Cumbrian by birth, he studied at Bembridge School on the Isle of Wight and came under the influence of the school’s founder John Howard Whitehouse. Whitehouse’s incomparable Ruskin collection, now in the Ruskin Library in Lancaster, was then housed in the school and Jim was to be its Curator for most of his professional life. In that role he proved a patient, tireless and deeply knowledgeable help and advisor to at least two generations of Ruskin scholars. He published a great many articles and books and for more than forty years worked with great dedication as a Director of the Guild. He served as Master from 2004 to 2009. The present Master and Directors of the Guild send Jim warm congratulations on this splendid, well-deserved and very welcome honour.

Clive Wilmer, Master


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