The John Rylands Library

Communities in Communication

17 July - 21 December 2014

The Middle Ages are commonly seen as a time of widespread ignorance and prejudice, but diversity and multiculturalism are not modern inventions. Perhaps surprisingly, examples can be…

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…

Explorer tour

15:00 - 16:00 29 August 2014

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

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…

Introductory tour

15:00 - 15:30 29 August 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like…

Explorer tour

15:00 - 16:00 3 September 2014

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

Embroidery workshop

11:00 - 16:00 4 September 2014

Join us for a day of embroidery inspired by the Library's wonderful collection of embroidered book bindings. Suitable for beginners and improvers.

Toddler Tales

10:30 - 11:30 4 September 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

Introductory tour

15:00 - 15:30 5 September 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like a…

Enchanting tales

11:00 - 12:00 6 September 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 6 September 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.

Unusual Views: Library tours for photographers

15:00 - 16:00 6 September 2014

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

Whimsical Wednesday: Printing

11:00 - 13:00 10 September 2014

A simple introduction to intaglio printing.

Whimsical Wednesday: Printing

14:00 - 16:00 10 September 2014

A simple introduction to intaglio printing.

Introductory Tour

15:00 - 15:30 12 September 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like…

Printing Press Demonstration

12:00 - 16:00 14 September 2014

Join us to see one of our printing presses in action!

Conservation Studio Tour

11:30 - 12:30 17 September 2014

A special opportunity to see our conservation team at work and find out how they care for our collection. Places are very limited.

Third Thursday Late

17:00 - 19:00 18 September 2014

A great opportunity to pop in after work, or a day’s shopping, and see the Library in a different light. 5 - 6.45pm

Third Thursday Late: Flautist Jennifer Dyson

18:00 - 18:30 18 September 2014

Thrill to the sounds of flute music filling the Historic Reading Room and carrying you away.

Tour and Treasures

14:00 - 15:00 18 September 2014

Take a closer look at some items from the Library’s magnificent collections and find out more about this historic building.

Introductory Tour

15:00 - 15:30 19 September 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like a…

Tour en Français - French language only tour

11:00 - 12:00 20 September 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…

Explorer tour

11:00 - 12:00 23 September 2014

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

Learn together: Journey through time - Mapping Manchester

16:30 - 18:00 25 September 2014

Investigate the past through historical maps. Discover what Manchester was like when it was little more than a village and take jumps through time as it grew right up to discovering…

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