The Influence of John Ruskin on the Morrison-Funded 1880 Restoration of St Michael’s Church, Kirkby Malham


Fri, 3 December 2021. 7:30pm at Giggleswick School C


Thanks to a grant, this event is now free for everyone.

Explore the life and times of Walter Morrison in this lecture series featuring academics, archivists and architects.

“John Ruskin is known to have visited Walter Morrison on his Malham Estate. Ruskin’s philosophies inspired the conservation movement and he was one of the co-founders of SPAB (Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings).  The conservation movement started as a reaction against the over-zealous church restorations of the Victorian era. Was Walter Morrison inspired by the conservation philosophy of John Ruskin? Is this evident in the 1880 restoration of St Michael’s, Kirkby Malham?”

This lecture is by Sheila Overton, Partner at Overton Architects

The lecture will be held as a hybrid event: both in-person and online via zoom. In-person and online tickets need to be booked separately. You are on the in-person event.

The in-person venue is the Chapel at Giggleswick School. Capacity will be limited to ensure social distancing. If it is not possible to hold the event in person, all in-person attendees will be sent the link to the online event.

We are aware that there were some sound issues with the opening lecture in the Morrison series. We will take steps to remedy this before the autumn series.

Access requirements

The venue is wheelchair accessible. However, due to the historical nature of the building, there is no public toilet on site. The event will be livestreamed for anyone who is unable to access the venue.

We will be taking steps to dampen the echo which made our previous online lecture difficult to hear for some listeners.

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Cost: Free


This event is part of Walter Morrison Festival