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

January 2017

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Curator's Corner: A closer look at body-snatching and dissection

11:30am-11:45am Wednesday, 25 January 2017

This is a great opportunity to hear the curator present a bite size introduction about the Library’s intriguing medical manuscripts collection. Discover the darker side of Manchester’s early med...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 27 January 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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What The Papers Say: The Guardian Archive

2:00pm-4:00pm Monday, 30 January 2017

The Manchester Guardian was founded by John Edward Taylor in 1821, two years after the Peterloo Massacre. Under the editorship of the legendary Charles Prestwich Scott, it was transformed from an e...

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Explorer tour

2:00pm-3:00pm Tuesday, 31 January 2017

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

February 2017

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Toddler tales

10:30am-11:15am Thursday, 2 February 2017

Find a cosy corner, pull up a cushion and listen to fun stories. Join in playtime, creating a storyworld of your own. Suitable for families with children 5 and under.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 3 February 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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What The Papers Say: The Guardian Archive

2:00pm-4:00pm Saturday, 4 February 2017

The Manchester Guardian was founded by John Edward Taylor in 1821, two years after the Peterloo Massacre. Under the editorship of the legendary Charles Prestwich Scott, it was transformed from an e...

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Jeff Nuttall: prankster in the underground

12:00pm-1:00pm Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The archive of Lancashire born Jeff Nuttall is the source of The John Rylands Library’s current, major exhibition, ‘Off Beat’, which showcases Nuttall’s work and correspondence with many of t...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 10 February 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Explorer tour

2:00pm-3:00pm Tuesday, 14 February 2017

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

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Collections Encounter: Experimentations of the Counter-Culture

2:00pm-3:00pm Wednesday, 15 February 2017

An artistic and social revolution happened in the 1960s, a backlash against the authority of mainstream 'square' culture. Experimentation in art and poetry exploded as artists began to rip-up rule ...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Rip It Up: A Celebration of the Counter-Culture

6:00pm-9:00pm Thursday, 16 February 2017

Don’t miss Rip it Up; an evening of experimentation and celebration of the counter-culture at The John Rylands Library. From 6 to 8pm, experience our Off-Beat exhibition in a unique way, seeing and...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 17 February 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Words, words, words! The power of print demonstration

2:30pm-2:50pm Monday, 20 February 2017

Watch our Columbian Printing Press come to life. Heralded as one of man's greatest inventions discover the impact the printing press had in Shakespeare’s day. No need to book, just turn up.

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Curator's corner - Shakespeare: International man of mystery

11:30am-11:45am Tuesday, 21 February 2017

This is a great opportunity to hear one of our curators present a bitesize introduction to the Grafton portrait and its mysterious sitter. We’ll explore the science and thinking that has led peop...

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Sitting pretty: create your own mini portrait

2:00pm-4:00pm Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Portraits are fascinating way of understanding how people see themselves and the Library is full of them. Join in our workshop and take home your own portable portrait. Ask someone to sit for you o...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Words, words, words! The power of print demonstration

11:30am-11:50am Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Watch our Columbian Printing Press come to life. Heralded as one of man's greatest inventions discover the impact the printing press had in Shakespeare’s day. No need to book, just turn up.

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Words, words, words! The power of print demonstration

2:30pm-2:50pm Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Watch our Columbian Printing Press come to life. Heralded as one of man's greatest inventions discover the impact the printing press had in Shakespeare’s day. No need to book, just turn up.

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The science of art: revealing the secrets of the past

2:00pm-3:00pm Thursday, 23 February 2017

Discover how art and science meet in the Library. Find out more about the work of the Library’s imaging team. Using cutting edge imaging techniques the team reveal what lies beneath a work of art...

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Words, words, words! The power of print demonstration

11:30am-11:50am Thursday, 23 February 2017

Watch our Columbian Printing Press come to life. Heralded as one of man's greatest inventions discover the impact the printing press had in Shakespeare’s day. No need to book, just turn up.

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Words, words, words! The power of print demonstration

2:30pm-2:50pm Thursday, 23 February 2017

Watch our Columbian Printing Press come to life. Heralded as one of man's greatest inventions discover the impact the printing press had in Shakespeare’s day. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 24 February 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Sitting pretty: create your own mini portrait

2:00pm-4:00pm Friday, 24 February 2017

Portraits are fascinating way of understanding how people see themselves and the Library is full of them. Join in our workshop and take home your own portable portrait. Ask someone to sit for you o...

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Exposing the Off-Beat: A Curator Tour

11:00am-11:45am Sunday, 26 February 2017

The Beat Poets were influential in the establishment-shattering 1960s counter-culture and in exploding the boundaries of poetry. Our experts on the Beat Poets, Douglas Field and Jay Jones, will be ...

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Explorer tour

2:00pm-3:00pm Tuesday, 28 February 2017

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

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Explorer tour

2:00pm-3:00pm Tuesday, 28 February 2017

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

March 2017

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Toddler tales

10:30am-11:15am Thursday, 2 March 2017

Find a cosy corner, pull up a cushion and listen to fun stories. Join in playtime, creating a storyworld of your own. Suitable for families with children 5 and under.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 3 March 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 10 March 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Explorer tour

2:00pm-3:00pm Tuesday, 14 March 2017

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, 15 March 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Unusual Views

2:00pm-3:00pm Thursday, 16 March 2017

Take the opportunity to join us for a facilitated tour of the Library designed especially for photographers, enjoying areas of this spectacular building which aren't open to the public. To book a pl...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 17 March 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 24 March 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

2:00pm-2:30pm Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

2:00pm-2:30pm Friday, 31 March 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

April 2017

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Introductory tour

2:00pm-2:30pm Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

2:00pm-2:30pm Friday, 7 April 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

2:00pm-2:30pm Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

2:00pm-2:30pm Friday, 14 April 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

2:00pm-2:30pm Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

2:00pm-2:30pm Friday, 21 April 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

2:00pm-2:30pm Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

2:00pm-2:30pm Friday, 28 April 2017

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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