digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:

Agriculture

Applied sciences

Arts

Belief

Business

Chronology

Culture

Education

Environment

Geography

Health

History

Humanities

Language

Law

Life

Mathematics

Nature

People

Politics

Science

Society

Technology

Keswick School of Industrial Art (KSIA) was founded in 1884 by Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley and his wife Edith as an evening class in woodwork and repoussé metalwork at the Crosthwaite Parish Rooms, in Keswick, Cumbria.[1] The enterprise, designed to alleviate unemployment, prospered, and within ten years more than a hundred men were attending classes. A new building was erected for the school at a nearby site.

The school closed in 1984 and the building became a restaurant.

History[edit]

Rawnsley was the vicar of Crosthwaite, at the edge of Keswick, from 1883 to 1917. He was one of the three co-founders of the National Trust and was a prominent figure in philanthropic enterprises in the area, helping to establish a grammar school, a hospital and a farm school.[2][3]

Inspired by the precepts of John Ruskin, Rawnsley and his wife set up free evening classes in the parish rooms, beginning in November 1884, to teach metalwork and wood carving under the supervision of a London professional woodcarver and a local jeweller.[4] In the winter months there was considerable unemployment in the town; the Rawnsleys provided training in skills that could alleviate the problem.[1]

The school prospered and swiftly developed a reputation for high quality copper and silver decorative metalwork. By 1888 nearly seventy men were attending the classes.[1] By 1890 the school was exhibiting nationally and winning prizes;[5] Its numbers now more than a hundred, it had outgrown its cramped home in the parish rooms, and Rawnsley raised funds for a purpose-built school nearby. Among his supporters were Walter Crane, Holman Hunt, and G F Watts.[6] The new building, to which the school moved in 1894, was designed by the Lancaster architects Paley and Austin at a cost of £1,300.[6] The workrooms were on the ground floor, with the showroom and a library on the upper floor. Beneath the balcony of the façade is the slogan:

The loving eye and skilful hand
Shall work with joy and bless the land

The school was mainly financed from sales of its products. Its funds became inadequate in the 1980s, from a combination of inadequate marketing and cheaper imported goods. The school closed in 1984.[7] Keswick Museum and Art Gallery displays a range of the school's works. The building, with its façade intact, became a restaurant.[7]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bott, p. 117
  2. ^ Murphy, Graham. "Rawnsley, Hardwicke Drummond (1851–1920)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, retrieved 2 October 2014 (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  3. ^ Rice, p. 106
  4. ^ Rawnsley, p. 121
  5. ^ "The School of Industrial Arts at Keswick". The Manchester Guardian, 5 April 1894, p. 8
  6. ^ a b Rawnsley, p. 124
  7. ^ a b Bott, p. 119

References[edit]

  • Bott, George (1994). Keswick – The Story of a Lake District Town. Carlisle: Cumbria County Library. ISBN 978-0-905404-51-6. 
  • Rawnsley, Hardwicke (2011) [1901]. Ruskin and the English Lakes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-108-03600-9. 
  • Rice, H A L (1974). Lake Country Towns. London: Robert Hale. ISBN 978-0-7091-4450-2. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Brunton, Jennie (2001). The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Lake District: a Social History. Lancaster: Centre for North-West Regional Studies, University of Lancaster. ISBN 978-1-86220-111-8. 
  • Bruce, Ian (2001). The Loving Eye and Skilful Hand: The Keswick School of Industrial Arts. Carlisle: Bookcase. OCLC 80891576. 

Coordinates: 54°36′17″N 3°08′41″W / 54.6046°N 3.1448°W / 54.6046; -3.1448


Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keswick_School_of_Industrial_Art — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
43 videos foundNext > 

Sterling Silver Salver - Arts and Crafts Style - Vintage Elizabeth II - AC Silver (W9032)

A fine and impressive, rare vintage Elizabeth II English sterling silver salver made by Keswick School of Industrial Art in the Arts and Crafts style; an add...

Sterling Silver Salver - Arts and Crafts Style - Vintage Elizabeth II - AC Silver (W9032)

A fine and impressive, rare vintage Elizabeth II English sterling silver salver made by Keswick School of Industrial Art in the Arts and Crafts style; an add...

new town house, keswick ontario

Business is Business - Building Business During Off Hours

Frank Silverman discusses ways to leverage the off hours in your school. Mr. Silverman serves as Executive Director of the Martial Arts Industry Association,...

LLNP for Early School Leavers in Job Services Australia

In early 2012 the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, research and Tertiary Education in partnership with the Deparment of Education, Employment and...

Fashion Film Student Challenge - Bek Susanne - Modelling Academy Perth

Our students were faced with a fashion film challenge that portrayed the sweet, innocent and playful side of their personality while fighting off their kick ...

Ferris State University/Kendall College of Art and Design - UM/ULI - grbj.com

The 26th annual University of Michigan/Urban Land Institute Real Estate Forum this week in Grand Rapids honored a trio of local winners for their projects in...

How art changed my life: Prue Acton

Prue Acton is known as a fashion designer with a remarkable story from 1960s Carnaby Street to the creation of Australia's boutique fashion industry. Less we...

Periodyssey, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

An interactive installation of transmutation and intervention. Algorithmically generated flames lap, crackle and soar until people break the invisible bounda...

Year 11 Performing Arts Final Piece

This is the final performance for the Year 11 Performing Arts team. This was a Mock exam and we would all appreciate it if you liked, and commented on what c...

43 videos foundNext > 

2 news items

 
Culture24
Fri, 07 Jan 2011 20:19:19 -0800

It is situated in the grand period surrounds of Old Tullie House, a Jacobean residence of panelled rooms and period furnishings including Keswick School of Industrial Art metalwork and Arthur Simpson of Kendal furniture. a painting of a woman in a red ...
 
Christian Davies Antiques (blog)
Mon, 02 Aug 2010 03:07:50 -0700

One piece was a fine hand made Arts and Crafts brass charger from the Keswick School of Industrial Art that the team bought for £114 and sold for £130; then a Langley jug bought for £10 with the 'left over lolly' by James which sold for £20, so the ...
Loading

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight