Friends of Ruskin's Brantwood
Friends of Brantwood
The Friends of Ruskin’s Brantwood was launched on April 12th 1990 by a group of dedicated supporters of the house, who met together with the aim of spreading the word of what was being achieved towards refurbishing and developing the house, to volunteer their time, and to help fund future projects.
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Text FORB10 £10 to 70070 to donate to The Friends of Ruskin’s Brantwood.
The learning loft project at Brantwood
The refurbishment and development of the former hayloft into a new learning resource area in 2015/16 provided a unique opportunity for the Friends of Brantwood to develop a project which put John Ruskin’s beliefs and principles into practice and to offer activities to children and young people who might not otherwise be aware of Ruskin or visit Brantwood. Spending time in this lovely environment on simple experiences in a natural setting – observational drawing, making natural bookmarks, magic potions and natural colour palettes – gives our young visitors positive experiences of curiosity, achievement and skills development. It increases their life force, infuses them with energy and inspires them to undertake new tasks and strive towards unimagined goals.
The activities were developed with close working between Brantwood volunteers, staff and outdoor learning specialist, Rosie Taylor. Our volunteer education coordinator, Anita, has spent her working life in education roles and is a keen practitioner of Ruskin’s beliefs. Anita works as the coordinator for the school visits and helps develop and deliver this wonderful education offer.
Since 2016, Brantwood has welcomed over 20 schools and now offers 16 dates per year where the Loft can be used for school visits. The activities and admission are all provided free of charge to schools within Cumbria, funded through small grants raised. In some instances, if the cost of transport is prohibitory for a school, up to 50% of transport costs can be covered.