Originally founded in 1901, the Ruskin Museum is an amazing little treasure chest of curiosities. It is named in honour of Victorian polymath and pioneer John Ruskin. The museum is set in the beautiful Coniston village between Coniston Water and the Yewdale Fells. It tells the story of Coniston from the makers of early tools in the stone age through to the modern age.
We think that the Donald Campbell Exhibition is particularly interesting and engaging. During the Jet Era of 50s and 60s his daring exploits on the lake were followed by many. He broke four World Water Speed Records in Bluebird K7 on Coniston Water. This part of the museum is full of factual and extremely informative stories about Malcolm & Donald Campbell which many visitors find totally absorbing. The exhibition contains remains of Bluebird and Campbell memorabilia including his helmet. Campbell’s grave is in the nearby cemetery.
The whole museum is so well curated and the staff are incredibly helpful. We think it is well worth a visit every time you find yourself in the Lake District.
Advantage Club Partners – our Advantage Club members get 10% off admission
15 Yewdale Road, Coniston LA21 8DU