Facilities

  • Fully physically accessible
  • Toilets
  • Lunch facilities - by arrangement
  • Coach drop off
  • Gift shop

The Ruskin Museum: The Story of Coniston

The Ruskin Museum is rich in inspiration, lateral thinking & life-changing ideas. Key topics and themes in the museum include:
– Award-winning, authoritative introduction to the life, works & art of John Ruskin.
– Intriguing insights into Coniston’s heritage, from its primeval geological origins, through 10,000 years of human activity including sheep farming, copper mining and slate quarrying.
– The legendary exploits of 1950s/1960s Speed Ace Donald Campbell in his iconic jet-powered hydroplane Bluebird K7.
– Coniston Water – the real adventure playground of Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’.

Learning Sessions

DONALD CAMPBELL: A CONISTON HERO

KS 1/2 (also adaptable for KS 3/4)
On-line resources
www.ruskinmuseum.com/pdf/

donaldcampbell-a-coniston-hero.pdf

New on-line resources for Bluebird K7 coming soon.

CONISTON COPPER

KS 1/2/3/4
On-line resources in preparation as part of the LDNPA’s Coniston Copper project:
• history, geography, geology & science learning resources for KS1–4 and resource for John Muir Award
www.ruskinmuseum.com
• www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/learning/

archaeologyhistory/coniston-copper

And in preparation, as part of Coniston Copper project, to be led by LDNPA guides from spring 2018:
• History of Coniston Copper Mines
• Geology of Coniston Fells

Additional Activities

COMING UP IN 2018:

1. Celebrating Women of Cumbria to mark Centenary of Votes for Women

2. Commemorating the Centenary of L/Cpl James Hewitson’s citation for the VC

Please contact us or visit our website www.ruskinmuseum.com for more details

FAMILIARISATION VISITS

The Ruskin Museum invites teachers & youth leaders to make a preparatory visit, free of charge, to view our collections, consider our
stories, and ponder their learning potential & possibilities for enriching your students’ studies and your own teaching practice.

Guided Walks

CAMPBELLS’ CONISTON
Also available as illustrated self-guided walk publication – £4.50

A CONISTON NOTEBOOK
Illustrated self-guided walk publication – £2.50 covering a multi-sensory journey between The Ruskin Museum and Brantwood, including a boat trip if time permits; approx. one and a half hours, longer depending on activities en route.

CONTRASTING LOCALITIES
Free self-guided walk leaflets prepared by the British Geological Survey:
• Rocks and landscape of the Coniston Fells
• All that Glistens – introduction to the minerals
And a free leaflet produced by The Ruskin Museum, introducing two self-guided walks:
• Walking in the Footsteps of Ruskin

Please contact the museum for more details.