The former home of John Ruskin, Brantwood is the most beautifully situated house in the Lake District. Brantwood is both a treasure house of historical importance and a lively centre of contemporary arts and the environment, welcoming in the region of 30,000 visitors a year.
Displays and activities in the house, gardens and estate reflect the wealth of cultural associations associated with Ruskin’s legacy – from the Pre Raphaelites and Arts and Crafts Movement to the founding of the National Trust and the Welfare State.
With its many contemporary exhibitions, concerts, courses and special events, together with its education work in the wider community, Brantwood continues in the Ruskin tradition today.
Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Gallery
See website for details.
Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History, Land Transport
That Golden Stain of Time by Dan Fitzpatrick
- 26 October 2013 — 5 January 2014 *on now
A series of Polaroid images inspired by John Ruskin’s ‘The Lamp of memory’ specially assembled during a number of visits to Brantwood.
Entry is included in House or Garden admission.
Tails of Cumbria Exhibition of paintings by Jo McGrath
- 11 January — 9 March 2014
Jo prefers to draw the animals she is most familiar with - animals she knows the feel and smell and sound and behaviour of.
As a subject for drawing, the animal kingdom is an inexhaustible inspiration. Subjects of every conceivable shape, size and colour. But despite the magnificence of the big cats and the splendour of tropical birdlife,
Jo finds capturing the familiarity of horses, dogs and domestic livestock the most exciting and rewarding of all!
Tails of Cumbria is on display in the Severn Studio at Brantwood, Wednesday to Sunday from 10.30am until 4.00pm and admission is included in the house or garden ticket.
The Essence of Christmas – family craft gatherings with Mel Gard
- 7 — 8 December 2013 10:30am-3:30pm
If you are looking for an alternative to the commercial Christmas scene then this is it! A festive family craft-making session using natural and re-cycled materials. Rekindle the true spirit of creativity and midwinter celebrations. Gather with family and friends to make unique and personal gifts or decorations for the winter festive season.Adorn your tree or home with precious handmade creations.
Using and embellishing the beautiful simple treasures nature has to offer us, gathered from Brantwood's grounds (a cone,a twig,a piece of sheep's fleece or greenery ...) but this is more than just a craft session. Mel will be talking about the season of the earth's period of rest and renewal, Midwinter, the darkest time of the year. All materials provided.
£8.00 children, £10.00 adults per session. Discount for more than one a session. Pre-booking recommended and children must be accompanied.