A Whitelands May Queen Cross from 1893. Whitelands College in Chelsea was founded in 1841 to train young women to become school teachers. In 1881 the eminent art critic John Ruskin helped establish a tradition at the college that on May Day the students would elect one of their fellows to be May Queen. Ruskin encouraged them to choose the ‘likeablest and loveablest’ girl who would then be presented with a May Queen Cross. Ruskin supervised the design of the cross and this mayblossom-inspired pattern made of coloured gold was used until his death in 1901. The college, which is now a part of the University of Roehampton, has continued this annual tradition to the present day.