Happy New Year

This year promises to be a very exciting one for us at Walkley Community Centre as we take part in the Ruskin-in-Sheffield community heritage project which takes place throughout 2015 

A programme of public talks, walks, outdoor performances, archaeological digs, exhibitions and a pop-up community museum will bring to life and unite the heritage of Ruskin in Sheffield.  Heritage interpreter Bill Bevan will work with volunteers to uncover the impact on people’s lives of St George’s Museum in Walkley.  Sheffield poet, song- and script-writer Sally Goldsmith will lead a community performance that weaves together the late 19th-Century heritage of St George’s Farm in Totley with local land and social reform movements.  Award-winning environmental writer, broadcaster and adviser Chris Baines will lead a project to share the heritage of an early 20th-Century colony of artists in the Rivelin Valley; and outdoor creative specialists Growtheatre will work with Freeman College to offer adults and children the opportunity to learn land-based skills, traditional tool-making techniques, and bread baking on their Ruskin-inspired horticultural and woodland site in Stannington.  Ruskin-in-Sheffield draws together displays and creative work from each community in a celebratory exhibition, Ruskin Re-Viewed, to be held at the Millennium Gallery from 31st October to 8th November 2015.

 The Guild of St George, whose Ruskin Collection is housed at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield, promotes the ideas and values of visionary Victorian thinker, writer, artist and social reformer John Ruskin, to help create a better world for people to live and work in.  Ruskin-in-Sheffield creates opportunities for 50 volunteers to learn skills including historical research, heritage display creation, archaeological digs, leading heritage walks, and curating and hosting exhibitions.

To find out more details of Ruskin-in-Sheffield, and how to get involved, please come to the public launch on Sunday 1st February 4pm - 7pm at Ruskin Hall, Walkley Community Centre, 7a Fir St, Sheffield, S6 5TG. Adults and children welcome. Tea-time refreshments available. Please contact ruskininsheffield@gmail.com to let us know you’re coming. See www.ruskininsheffield.com for more details.