Companions and Friends day in Sheffield

10th September 2022

Our first live event in Sheffield since the pandemic lock-downs, and a chance to meet and hear from other Companions and hear about current and future plans for the Ruskin Collection.

After the success of our first post-pandemic live event for Companions, held at Ruskin Land in April 2022, we are delighted to have an opportunity to gather in Sheffield. Thanks to the generous hosting of our friends and partners at Sheffield Museums Trust, we will gather at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield, and during the day we will hear from Director of Programmes (and officially the 'Keeper' of the Ruskin Collection), Kirstie Hamilton, and Curator of the Ruskin Collection, Ashley Gallant, about current displays and future plans for the Collection and about the recently merged charity, Sheffield Museums Trust.

There will also be a very rare chance to tour (limited numbers) the Ruskin Collection stores, where the majority of the collection is kept at any one time, and to hear about some of the storage and conservation challenges presented by such a vast and varied range of objects.

During the day, a number of Companions will deliver short talks about their own projects, continuing the tradition of inviting Companions to share their thoughts, ideas, projects, passions and concerns with other Companions. Speakers will include Suzanne Fagence Cooper, Joanna Whittle, Andy Jackson (manager of the Heeley Trust), Rhiannon Thomas, Anna Netri, Helen Parker, Carole Baugh and Peter Burman.

A Guild bookstall will be open, run by our Director of publications Peter Miller, and we will also celebrate the generous donation of a special book to the Guild's Library.

The day, which is free, runs from 10.30am (drinks and registration in the Education Room on the ground floor (Arundel Gate entrance) of the Millennium Gallery) until 4pm. There will be an hour's break for lunch and you can purchase food either at the adjacent Ambulo café, or head down to the nearby Fusion Organic café run by the Ruskin Mill Trust.