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Booking may be necessary to attend some of our events. Full details are available on individual event pages.

March 2015

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 27 March 2015

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, please cont...

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Living Library (pod collective)

4:00pm-5:00pm Saturday, 28 March 2015

Join us for a question and answer session with participants from the Dispersal newspaper project. Come and hear their stories and experiences and get your copy of the newspaper! For more information...

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She Choir

3:00pm-4:00pm Saturday, 28 March 2015

Come and hear The Historic Reading Room enlivened by female voices as we celebrate the Wonder Women festival. She Choir are a non-auditioned, female only choir based in Manchester. They perform self...

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Wonder Woman tour

2:00pm-3:00pm Saturday, 28 March 2015

Join us on a tour of the Library exploring the role that Enriqueta Rylands and other women have played in shaping our library and the history of Manchester.

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Wonder Woman tour

2:00pm-3:00pm Sunday, 29 March 2015

Join us on a tour of the Library exploring the role that Enriqueta Rylands and other women have played in shaping our library and the history of Manchester.

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Wonder Women collection encounter

12:00pm-3:00pm Sunday, 29 March 2015

Discover fascinating stories and the women behind them using the Library's collections and archives.

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Victor Hugo résumé

11:00am-12:00pm Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Victor Hugo published The Last Day of a Condemned Man in 1829. Initially published anonymously, this novel argues against the death penalty (which was only abolished in France in 1981). In this pres...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 1 April 2015

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, please cont...

April 2015

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Toddler tales

10:30am-11:30am Thursday, 2 April 2015

Come and join us in our cosy corner and pull up a cushion. Enjoy great stories, songs and other fun activities. Just drop in! Suitable for ages 0 - 5

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Dragon tales

11:00am-12:00pm Saturday, 4 April 2015

Join us to hunt out the Library’s mythical beasts before settling down for stories!

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 8 April 2015

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, please cont...

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Family fun afternoon

1:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 9 April 2015

Get creative at our action-packed Family Fun Afternoon, where you can make your very own pompom dragon and enjoy story-time with Grumbold, the Library dragon. Story-telling will start at 3pm.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 10 April 2015

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, please cont...

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Explorer tour

11:00am-12:00pm Sunday, 12 April 2015

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

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Interpreting Papyrus

12:00pm-1:00pm Wednesday, 15 April 2015

This monthly series of lunchtime talks introduces the new John Rylands Research Institute and its vibrant research portfolio. Each informal, accessible seminar showcases cutting-edge research on docu...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 15 April 2015

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, please cont...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 17 April 2015

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

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Tour en Français - French language only tour

11:00am-12:00pm Saturday, 18 April 2015

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 visite sera...

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Unusual Views: Library tours for photographers

11:00am-12:00pm Sunday, 19 April 2015

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

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 22 April 2015

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, please cont...

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 23 April 2015

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

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 24 April 2015

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, please cont...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 29 April 2015

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, please cont...

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Whimsical Wednesday: Personal Patterns

11:00am-2:00pm Wednesday, 29 April 2015

In this workshop, we will learn how to think with repetition to create patterns using symbols, punctuations, letters, numbers...anything you wish!

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 1 May 2015

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, please cont...

May 2015

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Dragon tales

11:00am-12:00pm Saturday, 2 May 2015

Join us to hunt out the Library’s mythical beasts before settling down for stories!

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Curating Magic

12:00pm-1:00pm Wednesday, 6 May 2015

This monthly series of lunchtime talks introduces the new John Rylands Research Institute and its vibrant research portfolio. Each informal, accessible seminar showcases cutting-edge research on docu...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 6 May 2015

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, please cont...

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Toddler tales

10:30am-11:30am Thursday, 7 May 2015

Come and join us in our cosy corner and pull up a cushion. Enjoy great stories, songs and other fun activities. Just drop in! Suitable for ages 0 - 5

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 8 May 2015

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, please cont...

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Merchants of Print: Curator tour

2:00pm-3:00pm Saturday, 9 May 2015

Join the curators to discover more about Aldus Manutius, the journeys his books have taken over 500 years and how the books found their final home at The John Rylands Library. There will be an oppo...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 13 May 2015

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, please cont...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 15 May 2015

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, please cont...

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Tour sur les expositions

11:00am-12:00pm Saturday, 16 May 2015

Join us for a bilingual guided tour (in English and in French) on our recent exhibitions at The John Rylands Library.

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Tony Phillips: Artist printmaking workshop

1:00pm-4:30pm Monday, 18 May 2015

The artist will be conducting a printmaking workshop based on some of the processes used in his etching sequences. The session is an introduction to the dry-point technique , and will focus on mark-...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 20 May 2015

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, please cont...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 22 May 2015

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, please cont...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 27 May 2015

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, please cont...

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Whimsical Wednesday: Decoupage

11:00am-2:00pm Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Join us for a spot of decoupage. Use delightful images from our collections to decorate a special souvenir box to take home.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 29 May 2015

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, please cont...

June 2015

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Encountering Italy

12:00pm-1:00pm Wednesday, 3 June 2015

This monthly series of lunchtime talks introduces the new John Rylands Research Institute and its vibrant research portfolio. Each informal, accessible seminar showcases cutting-edge research on docu...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 3 June 2015

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, please cont...

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Toddler tales

10:30am-11:30am Thursday, 4 June 2015

Come and join us in our cosy corner and pull up a cushion. Enjoy great stories, songs and other fun activities. Just drop in! Suitable for ages 0 - 5

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 5 June 2015

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, please cont...

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Dragon tales

11:00am-12:00pm Saturday, 6 June 2015

Join us to hunt out the Library’s mythical beasts before settling down for stories!

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 10 June 2015

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, please cont...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 12 June 2015

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, please cont...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 17 June 2015

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, please cont...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 19 June 2015

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, please cont...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 24 June 2015

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, please cont...

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Whimsical Wednesday: Marbling workshop

11:00am-2:00pm Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Many of the Library's books are adorned with beautiful marbled papers. Join us to have a go at this ancient art form and take home what you make.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 26 June 2015

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, please cont...