Introduction and welcome

by Aonghus Gordon, Founder and Chair of Ruskin Mill Trust

The inauguration of The Field Centre took place on Michaelmas day, 29th of September 2013. The opening was a culmination of 28 years of work within Ruskin Mill Trust, serving the needs of young adults with developmental challenges. During this time, numerous workshops and public lectures took place for staff and the community, with international practitioners and researchers. This work is now gathered, housed and given its identity in The Field Centre, which also provides the venue and research context for the Masters programme.

In 2018, in recognition of the first five years of operation of the Field Centre, outr original journal, In Isis, was redesigned and renamed simply as The Field Centre Journal. Electronic copies of the journal can be downloaded from our homepage.

Ruskin Mill Trust's research was originally published in our journal, In Isis.  The name was inspired by the word 'gathering’, which has two meanings in English; (1) as a noun it means 'a coming-together’, (2) as a verb 'bringing-together.’ In Egyptian mythology, Isis is the re-gatherer, the female god who searches and finds the scattered bodily parts of her husband and brother Osiris; she rebuilds it and reunites herself with the resurrected body. Hence the name, In Isis.  Electronic copies can be downloaded below and paper copies are available upon request.


Isis Vol 1. No.1 2014

Contents: Catching fishness; Goethe: An eye for colour; When plants become our teachers; Thinking textiles as a community of practice; Benefits of craft for impulse control-related disorders; Beholding a question; Re-imagining thinking

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inIsis Vol 2. No.1 2015

Contents: Community breath; To think the enlightenment anew; MA in Special Education; Bee culture in evolution; Learning from bees; Inviting fire; Transformative spaces

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inIsis Vol 2. No.2 2015

Contents: The philosophical legacy of Goethe’s morphology; Developing a morphological curriculum; In league with Poseidon; Evolving morphological science

Download: inIsis Vol 2. No.2 2015


The Field Centre Journal Team

The journal is coordinated by Dr. Laurence Cox in collaboration with Research Publishing Manager, Simon Reakes.