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Women and Museums 1850-1914Modernity and the Gendering of Knowledge$
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Kate Hill

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719081156

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719081156.001.0001

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Ruskin, women and museums: service and salvage

Ruskin, women and museums: service and salvage

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Women and Museums 1850-1914

Kate Hill

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the phenomenon of museums inspired by John Ruskin in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Such museums privileged ideas about service to the community, museums as improvers of society, and museums as places to preserve the remnants of a more ‘authentic’ pre-capitalist craft culture. From the foundation of Ruskin’s own St George’s Museum in Sheffield, though, they were significantly occupied by women, who continued to support them as male curators started to find them too ‘Victorian’. Indeed women expanded their operation, and particularly developed their work with children and toys, with hand making, and with preservation.

Keywords:   John Ruskin, Preservation, Philanthropy, Working class, Children

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