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Welcome to the Coniston Institute

The Coniston Institute is a remarkable complex of buildings that has played a central role in the life of this rural and industrious community.

It was founded in 1852 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.

The Institute offers an extensive range of resources and activities, including public rooms and hall for hire, honest shop, kitchens, library, societies and sports clubs and the distinguished collections of art and artifacts housed in the adjoined Ruskin Museum.

The Institute is a facility to take part in and contribute to village life, whether you are a resident or visitor. The Institute is available for hire in whole or in part.