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Exhibition, Wed 24 Oct - Fri 16 Nov 2018

Reading the book of Nature

Reading the book of Nature


Ruskin believed that the natural world was a divine gift. He believed that mankind had inherited an obligation to care for nature and treat it well. If we treated it well, then it, in turn, would give forth an abundance that was life-giving and affirmative. If we treated it badly, then it could become malevolent.

In Ruskin’s view, nature could be read as a book if only we had eyes to see it properly. Accordingly, Ruskin studied the natural world with the closest of attention. He looked closely at the details of plants, rocks and animals, determining the things that they told us about themselves and their environment. He also sought to understand our own relationship to the many different forms of life around us. He looked to mythologies, folk tales, religions, art and literature for what they told us of the changing face of this relationship. He sought to illuminate the way we could practice good stewardship of nature and husbandry of the land.

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 24 Oct - Fri 16 Nov 2018


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing

Partial disabled access.


Lake rd,
LA21 8AD


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Map reference: SD 307945  Lat: 54.34131 Long: -3.06743

Off B5285 road on east side of Coniston water. Follow signs from Coniston village.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 10 miles from Windermere station

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