Ruskin, Manchester and the Gothic, 10th Oct


Date: Thursday 10th October

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Location: Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester

Tickets: Free – Booking available on Eventbrite

Organised by Dr Rachel Dickinson and Professor Dale Townshend

John Ruskin (1819-1900) was one of the most influential Victorians. A hugely popular public speaker and renowned author, he helped inspire all kinds of movements that shape our world today: the setting up of the National Trust, a national health service, and the early Labour Party; arguing for fair working hours, fighting against pollution and climate change and the stressing importance of art and craft education for everyone. He developed these ideas by looking closely at Gothic of France and Italy architecture, and at artwork rooted in Venetian Gothic. This evening offers an introduction to Ruskin’s ideas, focusing on his influence on Manchester, and how Manchester also influenced him.

This event is part of the 7th annual Gothic Manchester Festival which is themed on ‘Gothic Times’. This year the festival will span the whole of October with a whole range of events exploring the Gothic throughout time for you to get involved in.

The Manchester Gothic Festival is organised by the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. Find out more details and our full events schedule on our website: 

For more information, please contact:

Lucy Simpson ·


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