Celebrating 120 Years

Ruskin College is delighted to be celebrating its 120th anniversary.

In February 1899, American brothers Charles Beard and Walter Vrooman established Ruskin Hall, ‘a free university offering evening and correspondence courses for working class people’. Named after social visionary John Ruskin, the college quickly established itself as a pioneering socialist institution and a beacon of light for less privileged citizens who previously had little or no access to education.

Ruskin’s founding ethos remains very much in place today and the college continues to provide high quality educational opportunities to everyone, regardless of educational background and personal circumstances.

We have a series of exciting events coming up to mark this milestone in our history:

Rouse, ye Women

Monday 18th February 2019, 7.30pm

Tickets are now available for Townsend Productions' new folk ballad Rouse, ye Women about Mary Macarthur and the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath, striking to achieve a living wage for themselves and their families in 1910.

We are delighted to be hosting this performance as part of their UK tour.

Book tickets.

120 Year Anniversary Event

Friday 22nd February 2019, 6.00 pm

As well as a keynote from Frances O'Grady, there will be other talks from former Ruskin students, trade unionists and adult education leaders, followed by a Q&A and drinks reception.

Please book early to reserve your place for what promises to be a great celebration of all that Ruskin has been and continues to be.


Celebrating Ruskin's links with the Trade Union movement

Friday 22nd March 2019, 9.30am

Guest speakers include Annelise Dodds MP and more TBA.


Music Festival

with Love Music, Hate Racism

Saturday 18th May 2019, 4.00pm

Celebrate the very best of Ruskin College with our very own music festival, held jointly with Love Music, Hate Racism. It is set to be a fantastic night of music, talks and performances, including from folk legend Peggy Seeger. We will be updating the event regularly with more exciting acts.

Book tickets.