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Highbury Heritage Open Day: A Celebration of John Ruskin

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Highbury Hall

4 Yew Tree Road

Birmingham

B13 8QG

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Join the Chamberlain Highbury Trust for a celebration of the 200th birthday of John Ruskin.

2019 is the bicentenary of the visionary art critic, writer, artist and social reformer John Ruskin. To mark this landmark year, numerous organisations in the UK and internationally are presenting Ruskin exhibitions, displays, conferences.

Highbury’s architecture is in the Venetian Gothic style which was promoted by Ruskin through his writings (The Stones of Venice, 1851). The architect for Highbury, John Henry Chamberlain was an enthusiast for this style of architecture.

The Chamberlain Highbury Trust is delighted to celebrate the legacy of Ruskin and will open Highbury’s doors as part of Heritage Open Days – England’s largest and festival of history and culture.

The event is taking place on the 15th September from 11am until 4pm and includes:

  • Guided tours of the house and grounds
  • An exhibition of contemporary artworks created by Birmingham School of Art students in response to Ruskin and his ecological vision
  • Display explaining the connections between Ruskin and Highbury
  • Ruskin cartoons by ‘Birmingham’s cartoonist’ Hunt Emerson
  • Mr Chamberlain's Orchids: Artist Matt Westbrook, horticulturalist Rob Tilling, leather designer maker Deborette Clarke, artist baker Albert Smith and world orchid authority Philip Seaton, will host drop in demonstrations and workshops, providing opportunities for Ruskin inspired ‘hands on learning’, alongside discussion of themes such as biodiversity and conservation
  • Inspired by John Ruskin’s interest in Nature’s microcosm, Franziska Schenk’s artworks extends the Victorian art critic’s nature-centric vision into the contemporary nano-realm
  • Film shows
  • Historic bicycles
  • Interactive workshops for children and adults
  • Birmingham and District Bee Keepers Association - beekeeping demonstration
  • Chamberlain memorabilia display
  • 12.30 - grand unveiling of Neville Chamberlain portrait

AND MORE!
Family friendly. Refreshments available. Car parking available at Uffculme School on Yew Tree Road.


Guided Walks of the Grounds
11.30: Revealing the Historic Landscape (Eastern Circuit)
13.00: An Insight into the Historic Highbury Fruit Tree Pergola
14.00: Revealing the Historic Landscape (Western Circuit)
15.00: An Insight into the Historic Highbury Fruit Tree Pergola

Guided Tours of the House
11.30, 13.00 and 14.30

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