The John Rylands Library

Giving it Wigan: Norman Nicholson at 100

25 July - 14 December 2014

In celebration of writer Norman Nicholson’s centenary, this display draws on the Library’s extensive archive to tell stories of his life and work. Born in Cumbria, Nicholson drew inspiration…

Imprinting the Imagination: Northern Renaissance Prints from the Holtorp Collection

8 May - 26 October 2014

Imprinting the Imagination delves into the world of the sixteenth-century printed image. This small but captivating show, including works by artists such as Hans Burgkmair, Albrecht…

The Space Between: exhibition of artworks by Anthony McCarthy

27 February - 3 August 2014

The concept for the exhibition began as artist, Anthony McCarthy, walked along Chapel Street in Salford heading towards Manchester and The John Rylands Library. Armed with pencil,…

Explorer tour

11:00 - 12:00 1 August 2014

THIS TOUR IS NOW FULLY BOOKED Ever wondered where some of the Library doors and staircases lead to? Then this is the tour for you!

Introductory tour

15:00 - 15:30 1 August 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up!

Unusual Views: Library tours for photographers

15:00 - 16:00 5 August 2014

Take the opportunity to photograph the Library building from spectacular viewpoints not normally open to the public!

Learn together: The Great Dragon Egg Drop Challenge

11:00 - 12:30 6 August 2014

The Library is full of dragons, snuggling on the ceilings. However, they’re very bad at looking after their eggs! Work together with all sorts of materials to create the most fantastic…

Learn Together: The Great Dragon Egg Drop Challenge

14:00 - 15:30 6 August 2014

The Library is full of dragons, snuggling on the ceilings. However, they’re very bad at looking after their eggs! Work together with all sorts of materials to create the most fantastic…

Family Fun Afternoon: Pirates!

13:00 - 16:00 7 August 2014

Join us for pirate-themed craft activities.

Toddler Tales

10:30 - 11:30 7 August 2014

Find a cosy corner, pull up a cushion and listen to fun stories. Join in playtime, creating a storyworld of your own. Just drop in! Suitable for ages 0 - 5

Explorer tour

11:00 - 12:00 8 August 2014

Ever wondered where some of the Library doors and staircases lead to? Then this is the tour for you!

Introductory Tour

15:00 - 15:30 8 August 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up!

Explorer tour

15:00 - 16:00 9 August 2014

THIS TOUR IS NOW FULLY BOOKED Ever wondered where some of the Library doors and staircases lead to? Then this is the tour for you!

Tour en Français - French language only tour

11:00 - 12:00 9 August 2014

La Bibliothèque John Rylands Deansgate ouvre ses portes pour vous emmèner à l'intérieur, et vous faire découvrir le site, dédié aux livres et à son architecture Victorienne. Cette…

Echo and Narcissus

11 August 2014 - 9 January 2015

Each of the mirrors in this body of work is dedicated to a literary heroine, provoking reflections of the feminine on several, potentially fragmented, levels. The statements etched…

Family fun afternoon

13:00 - 16:00 14 August 2014

Join us for an afternoon of exploring some of the images in our print collection – with a load of fun activities!

Unusual Views: Library tours for photographers

15:00 - 16:00 14 August 2014

Take the opportunity to photograph the Library building from spectacular viewpoints not normally open to the public!

Introductory Tour

15:00 - 15:30 15 August 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up!

Learn together: Illumination

11:00 - 13:00 15 August 2014

Start with a chance to see delightful examples of illumination from our collection, then have a go at some yourself! Suitable for children aged 6 to 12, with an accompanying adult.

Learn Together: Illumination

14:00 - 16:00 15 August 2014

Start with a chance to see delightful examples of illumination from our collection, then have a go at some yourself! Suitable for children aged 6 to 12, with an accompanying adult.

Enchanting tales

11:00 - 12:00 16 August 2014

Join the Library’s storyteller in one of our beautiful book-lined rooms, for tales of magic, mystery, mayhem and more!

Here be Dragons! A tour of the Library for children

12:00 - 13:00 16 August 2014

The walls and the ceilings of the Library are full of strange and mysterious creatures – join our tour to seek them out. Most suitable for families with children aged 5-10.

Whimsical Wednesday: Bookmaking

11:00 - 13:00 20 August 2014

Learn how to make a variety of simple books to take away and use for notes, sketching or a secret diary!

Whimsical Wednesday: Bookmaking

14:00 - 16:00 20 August 2014

Learn how to make a variety of simple books to take away and use for notes, sketching or a secret diary!

Family Fun Afternoon: Sock puppets

13:00 - 16:00 21 August 2014

Learn how to make a dragon sock puppet!

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