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Introducing Archives: 1917 – A Letter from the Front

Introducing Archives: 1917 – A Letter from the Front

Cost: Free
Duration: 1.5 hours
Suitable for: A Level

Introduce your students to research with archives with this investigation of the last letter from the Western Front written by 22 year old Second Lieutenant Herbert Eckersley.

Maximum group size is 20 students.

1917 a letter from the front - Teacher Info Sheet.pdf

1917 a letter from the front - Student pre visit notes.pdf

Old fashioned, printed text.

Language change

Cost: Free
Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for: A Level English Language

View and discuss a sequence of books from the Library’s historic collections. Explore texts from Caxton, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Johnson and others to illustrate developments in English with input from an English Language PhD researcher at the University.

Maximum group size is 15.

Available week commencing 19 March 2018.

English Language Change Teacher Info Sheet 09.2015.pdf

English Language Change Additional Information for Teachers and Students.pdf


Introducing archives: The Manchester Guardian

Cost: Free
Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for: A Level

What’s it like to investigate history with original documents? Enrich your students’ learning of late 19th/early 20th century British history with an introduction to using archives. Students handle, analyse and interpret primary sources from the archive of The Manchester Guardian newspaper.

Maximum group size: 20.

The Guardian - Teacher Info Sheet.pdf

The Guardian - Student Pre Visit Notes.pdf

[preparing the pages for a new book]


Cost: Free
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Suitable for: Any

Available week commencing 2 July 2018.

Join us to have a go at making a full sewn book, exploring the techniques binders used put together the books that sit on the Library shelves.

This is one of our most popular sessions and offers a real sense of achievement for pupils who will take away a hardback book they have created.

Please contact us for further information on availability and booking.

Bookmaking Teacher Info Sheet.pdf

[exploring the passages]

Library tour

Cost: Free
Duration: Between 30 minutes and 1 hour
Suitable for: A Level

Tour the Library with a member of the education team and learn more about its fascinating history.

Combine the tour with any of our workshops below or as a stand alone activity.

[Green man]

The Art of Pencil Sketching

Cost: Free
Duration: Variable
Suitable for: Y7 to A-Level

Are you looking for a unique and inspiring place to bring your art students for sketching?  

Then look no further than The John Rylands Library.  We have a wealth of stone and wood carvings, Art Nouveau metalwork, plaster ceiling designs, statues and stained glass windows to keep artists busy.

An information sheet is available to view or download as a PDF:

The Art of Pencil Sketching - Teacher Info Sheet 03-2016.pdf

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