John Rylands Library

Three members had a trip into Manchester for lunch at Bills Restaurant and an ‘Explorer’ tour of John Rylands Library

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The Explorer Tour enable us to have a behind the scenes look at the 1920’s extension, the cellars, and other areas closed to the general public

The John Rylands Library is a late-Victorian neo-Gothic building on Deansgate in Manchester It opened to the public in 1900 and was founded by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in memory of her husband, John Rylands.

The special collections are believed to be among the largest in the UK and include medieval illuminated manuscripts and examples of early European printing, and the earliest extant New Testament text (Rylands Library Papyrus P52, also known as the St. John’s fragment). The library also holds personal papers and letters of notable figures, among them Elizabeth Gaskell and John Dalton.

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