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A copy of our printed What's On guide is available below.

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

October 2014

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 22 October 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, please cont...

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Whimsical Wednesday: bookfolding

11:00am-1:00pm Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A restful, simple way of passing the time, folding pages of old books to create new designs.

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Whimsical Wednesday: bookfolding

2:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A restful, simple way of passing the time, folding pages of old books to create new designs.

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 23 October 2014

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

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Manchester Science Festival: Dice World: Science and Life in a Random Universe

6:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, 23 October 2014

This fascinating exploration of randomness explains how chaos and uncertainty are often behind the realities of everyday life. Learn how to toss a head ten times in a row and how to make prediction...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 24 October 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, please cont...

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Make Noisy Drawings from Silent Materials

11:00am-1:00pm Saturday, 25 October 2014

Draw on and decorate square sheets of paper with the sounds you hear in the Library and then fold your them into noisy drawings that go off with a bang! Suitable for all ages. Just drop in!

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Make Noisy Drawings from Silent Materials

2:00pm-4:00pm Saturday, 25 October 2014

Draw on and decorate square sheets of paper with the sounds you hear in the Library and then fold your them into noisy drawings that go off with a bang! Suitable for all ages.

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The Two Rosies: Life as a Goth Icon

12:00pm-1:00pm Sunday, 26 October 2014

The stellar Rosie Garland (aka Rosie Lugosi) holds a place like no other in the dark firmament of Gothic culture. Spanning careers in rock music (as singer with post-punk Gothic behemoths The March ...

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Learn Together: Collection Protection

10:30am-12:00pm Monday, 27 October 2014

How do our conservators use science to protect our books from light, humidity, temperature and pests? Get hands on real-world science experience, using monitoring equipment to investigate environmen...

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Learn Together: Collection Protection

2:30pm-4:00pm Monday, 27 October 2014

How do our conservators use science to protect our books from light, humidity, temperature and pests? Get hands on realworld science experience, using monitoring equipment to investigate environmen...

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Learn Together: Create a Golden Bee

2:00pm-4:00pm Tuesday, 28 October 2014

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED A beginners gold-embroidery workshop, where you will create your own golden bee. Learn how to embroider with gold thread with an experienced teacher. Kit and equipme...

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Manchester Science Festival: Mini Collection Encounter

11:00am-11:30am Tuesday, 28 October 2014

A chance to spend half an hour finding out about science in our collections

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Manchester Science Festival: Mini Collection Encounter

1:00pm-1:30pm Tuesday, 28 October 2014

A chance to spend half an hour finding out about science in our collections.

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 29 October 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, please cont...

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Manchester Science Festival: The Science of Conservation

2:00pm-3:00pm Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Find out how we keep our books and archives safe for future generations and what some of the threats are.

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Wood Block Workshop

1:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Printing has been practised in China for almost 2,000 years and we have many fantastic examples of Chinese printing in the collections. Join us to have a go at this ancient art form.

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Manchester Science Festival: Ancient Egyptian Mummies and Modern Science

6:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, 30 October 2014

A talk and Q&A with Professor Rosalie David, Emeritus Professor of Egyptology at The University of Manchester and until her retirement in 2012, Director of the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology at...

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Manchester Science Festival: Mini Collection Encounter

11:00am-11:30am Thursday, 30 October 2014

A chance to spend half an hour finding out about science in our collections.

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Manchester Science Festival: Mini Collection Encounter

1:00pm-1:30pm Thursday, 30 October 2014

A chance to spend half an hour finding out about science in our collections.

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Manchester Science Festival: The Mummy (1932)

7:30pm-9:00pm Thursday, 30 October 2014

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED A special, spooky screening in the magnificent surroundings of the Historic Reading Room of the 1932 film, starring Boris Karloff.

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Collection Encounter: Morbid Miscellany Halloween Horrors

11:00am-12:00pm Friday, 31 October 2014

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED Come and join us for this one off Halloween Special and embrace the darker side of our collections. Expect horror, intrigue and the unusual!

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Family Fun Afternoon: Bugs and Pests

1:00pm-4:00pm Friday, 31 October 2014

As part of Manchester Science Festival, join us for minibeast crafts.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 31 October 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, please cont...

November 2014

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Here be Dragons! A tour of the Library for children

12:00pm-1:00pm Saturday, 1 November 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.

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Unusual Views: Library tours for photographers

3:00pm-4:30pm Saturday, 1 November 2014

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

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Family Fun Afternoon: Chinese Crafts

1:00pm-4:00pm Sunday, 2 November 2014

Join us to explore different Chinese craft activities as we celebrate the Asian Triennial’s Harmonious Society exhibition. You might take away a Chinese kite or lantern! Just drop in!

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday, 5 November 2014

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 Wednesday, 5 November 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, please cont...

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Toddler Tales

10:30am-11:30am Thursday, 6 November 2014

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, 7 November 2014

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

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Exploration of Silence

11:00am-1:00pm Saturday, 8 November 2014

Revealing Sounds is a workshop for those with curious ears by artist Rosanne Robertson exploring the hidden sounds of objects and surfaces via the use of contact microphones and touch. During this ...

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Exploration of Silence

2:00pm-4:00pm Saturday, 8 November 2014

Revealing Sounds is a workshop for those with curious ears by artist Rosanne Robertson exploring the hidden sounds of objects and surfaces via the use of contact microphones and touch. During this ...

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 12 November 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, please cont...

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Whimsical Wednesday: Personal Patterns

11:00am-1:00pm Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Learn to decorate through repetition, using patterns, symbols, letters or numbers. Be inspired by our examples or create your own pattern.

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Whimsical Wednesday: Personal Patterns

2:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Learn to decorate through repetition, using patterns, symbols, letters or numbers. Be inspired by our examples or create your own pattern.

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 13 November 2014

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

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Paper Cutting Workshop

11:00am-1:00pm Thursday, 13 November 2014

Explore the amazing possibilities of paper-cutting. Make something beautiful to take away!

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Paper Cutting Workshop

2:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 13 November 2014

Explore the amazing possibilities of paper-cutting. Make something beautiful to take away!

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 14 November 2014

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, 15 November 2014

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED 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 architectur...

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Echo & Narcissus: Curator's talk

12:00pm-1:00pm Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Join artist Carol Sommer to explore the stories behind her exhibition and discover who the women were who inspired her to inscribe the mirrors in the exhibition.

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Conservation Studio Tour

11:30am-12:30pm Wednesday, 19 November 2014

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED A special opportunity to see our conservation team at work and find out how they care for our collection. Places are very limited.

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 19 November 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, please cont...

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Unusual Views: Library tours for photographers

3:00pm-4:30pm Wednesday, 19 November 2014

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

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Third Thursday Late

5:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, 20 November 2014

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

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Third Thursday Late: Owen Lowery

6:00pm-6:30pm Thursday, 20 November 2014

Otherwise Unchanged employs an orchestration of sound and image to draw out the gravity, emotion and shimmering lyricism in a reading of Owen Lowery’s first poetry collection. Owen Lowery is a for...

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Tour and Treasures

3:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 20 November 2014

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

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 21 November 2014

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

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Tuesday, 25 November 2014

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

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Collection Encounter: Egyptian Amulets

2:00pm-3:00pm Wednesday, 26 November 2014

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED The Library has a treasure trove of items beyond books. One fascinating area of our collection is our Egyptian amulets. Experience the awe of seeing these rare jewels ...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 26 November 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, please cont...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 28 November 2014

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

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Collection encounter: Norman Nicholson

3:30pm-4:30pm Saturday, 29 November 2014

An opportunity to see and discuss some gems from Nicholson’s own archive – like the original manuscript of his most famous poem 'The Pot Geranium' in his equally famous illegible handwriting. T...

December 2014

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Explorer tour

11:00am-12:00pm Tuesday, 2 December 2014

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 Wednesday, 3 December 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, please cont...

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Whimsical Wednesday: Crafts for Christmas

11:00am-1:00pm Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Spend some time creating simple decorations and other Christmas crafts. A relaxing time out amidst the rush to prepare!

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Whimsical Wednesday: Crafts for Christmas

2:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Spend some time creating simple decorations and other Christmas crafts. A relaxing time out amidst the rush to prepare!

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 5 December 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, please cont...

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Tour en Français - French language only tour

11:00am-12:00pm Friday, 5 December 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 visite sera...

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Family fun afternoon: Christmas

1:00pm-4:00pm Saturday, 6 December 2014

Drop in and make different Christmas decorations. Help Grumbold the Library Dragon decorate our tree.

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Here be Dragons! A tour of the Library for children

12:00pm-1:00pm Saturday, 6 December 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.

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Unusual Views: Library tours for photographers

3:00pm-4:30pm Monday, 8 December 2014

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, 10 December 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, please cont...

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 12 December 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, please cont...

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Explorer tour

11:00am-12:00pm Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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 Wednesday, 17 December 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, please cont...

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Third Thursday Late

5:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, 18 December 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

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Third Thursday Late: Christmas Ghost stories

6:00pm-6:30pm Thursday, 18 December 2014

Come and join the Curious Tales team from 6pm as they share spooky Christmas tales in the gothic splendour of the Historic Reading Room. Every third Thursday of the month, we open late so you can ex...

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 19 December 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, please cont...

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Hark!

2:00pm-3:00pm Sunday, 21 December 2014

Join us for our annual afternoon of Christmas songs and carols, in the beautiful surroundings of the Historic Reading Room. Singing will be led by the Salford Royal Choir: raise your voice and help...