What can a Victorian visionary teach us about how we live and work? 

In the bicentenary year of John Ruskin's birth, award-winning journalist and local resident Andrew Hill will talk about the extraordinary influence of this prescient polymath. Ruskin was a tastemaker in art and architecture - with strong views on, among other things, the Abbey's restoration - a scientist, social critic, proto-blogger and dedicated European traveller. His thinking can be found in the foundations of the welfare state, universal public education and the museums movement.

Andrew will talk about his new book 'Ruskinland' and why Ruskin's ideas are still fiercely relevant today.

Tutor: Andrew Hill, author of Ruskinland

Time: 7.30-9pm

Price: £10

Venue: Alban Room, Chapter House, St Albans Cathedral

Entry is via the Welcome Centre (Sumpter Yard). Please note that this event takes place on Level 1 of the Chapter House. Step-free access is available via a lift (please enter via the South Chapter House door).

Please email us when booking if you require step-free access so that we can provide directions, and so that we can make alternative arrangements in case of lift malfunctions.