Museums Sheffield also played a major role, providing photographic material and curatorial expertise. The award covered the cost of web design; it also funded photography and the purchase of a computer, to provide access to the website from the physical space of the Ruskin Gallery.
The project forms the first stage of further work on the St George’s Museum at Walkley, providing a foundation for published research and additional funding bids.
Future directions may include:
- digitization of the museum’s visitor books: this would allow for detailed analysis of the visitor demographic;
- exploration of how the furniture, which Ruskin designed for the museum, functioned;
- exploration of the Collection's connection with Venice, in particular the implications of storing copies of Venetian art treasures and buildings in an English industrial city.
For an illustrated account of Ruskin at Walkley
, written by the Project Leader, see: Marcus Waithe, Ruskin at Walkley: An Illustrated Guide to the Online Museum (Bembridge, Isle of Wight: Guild of St George, 2011)
NB A copy of this publication is available for £8 (Postage within UK, please add £1.00 per item; additional postage overseas, please add £1.00) from Norman Hobbs, The Guild Secretary, Clove Cottage, Mitten Road, Bembridge, Isle of Wight P035 5UP, United Kingdom. Cheques payable to the Guild of St George