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Background & history

The Butcher Works is a restored cutlery and grinding workshop in Sheffield, located within the Cultural Industries Quarter (CIQ). The Butcher Works historic building architectural and historical significance within the city and is a Grade II* Listed Building. Built in 1835 the ground floor of the Butcher Works has been carefully restored to create an exhibition space, café, and workshops.

The Academy of Makers is a partner of Freeman College which is a college in Sheffield offering a unique curriculum rooted in craft is part of the Ruskin Mill Educational Trust.

Ruskin Mill Educational Trust is a charitable educational Trust which operates three colleges; Ruskin Mill in Nailsworth, Glasshouse College in Stourbridge and Freeman College in Sheffield.

The colleges provide an innovative and experiential education for 16 to 25 year olds with special learning needs.

In 1984 Aonghus Gordon, the founder of RMET discovered that when young people with learning difficulties, including autistic spectrum disorders and developmental delay worked with craftspeople in natural environments on real-life, purposeful tasks, their personal, emotional, social skills and health improved dramatically. Since the first college was set up at Ruskin Mill, hundreds of students have experienced the unique learning opportunities at one of three colleges.

Artists based at the site are part of the ‘Academy of Makers’ and are involved in running workshops and tutoring students from Freeman College.

Students from Freeman College benefit greatly from experiencing true work experience in this exceptional setting.

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Aonghus Gordon
Aonghus Gordon
Principal - Ruskin Mill Educational Trust
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