120 Years

Ruskin is 120 years old this year. Following a large public meeting at the town hall in Oxford on 22nd February 1899, Ruskin was founded. It soon became the standard-bearer for a new dawn in education, establishing itself as a beacon of light for less privileged citizens who previously had little or no access to education. Over the subsequent 120 years Ruskin continued to break new ground and change the landscape of adult learning.

120 Stories

Ruskin has been graced by some extraordinary people, places and events, and to mark our anniversary milestone we are publishing a series of stories about them. Over the year, 120 Stories will bring together inspirational accounts of Ruskin life since our doors opened in the 19th century. Keep an eye out for new stories as they are published.

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Dave Kitson

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18 July

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Clement Attlee

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1 July

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Anne Vrooman

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1 July

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The Rookery

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1 July

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Walter Vrooman

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2 July

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Charles A Beard

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2 July

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Dennis Hird

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2 July

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Mahatma Gandhi

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2 July

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Jim Brewer

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16 July

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Kathleen McColgan

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16 July

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Betty Lockwood

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1 July

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Sheila Rowbotham

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24 April

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Jack Ashley

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9 April

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Judy Fryd

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9 April

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Henry Sanderson Furniss

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9 April

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Billy Hughes

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9 April

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Hilda Kean

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9 April

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Tom Mboya

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9 April

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June Rose Nala

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9 April

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Nomvuyo (Vuyo) Ngwaxaxa

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9 April

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John Prescott

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9 April

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Dennis Edward Skinner

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9 April

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Bertram Wilson

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9 April

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@RuskinOxford   18 Jul

Today, Nelson Mandela Day, we remember activist and ex-Ruskin student Dave Kitson, who was jailed for 20 years for… https://t.co/SK4saZWtNy

@RuskinOxford   17 Jul

This day in 1936 saw the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. It wasn’t long before Ruskin students Jim Brewer and Ka… https://t.co/67B6oIpm5V