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Welcome to the Coniston Institute

The Coniston Institute is a remarkably intact complex of historic buildings that has played a central role in the life of this rural and industrious community since 1852.

It was founded as a place of education, wellbeing and personal development for the families of miners and quarrymen and continues today as a cultural and social centre for villagers and visitors alike. In the 19th century, prominent local resident John Ruskin was central to reinvigorating the Institute and ensuring its legacy.

The Institute offers an extensive range of resources and activities, including public rooms and a large hall for hire, Internet access, an Honest Shop, a kitchen, lending library, societies and sports clubs – as well as the distinguished collections of art and artefacts housed in the adjoining Ruskin Museum.

The Institute is a facility to take part in and enjoy, whether you are a resident or visitor.