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

October 2016

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 5 October 2016

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, 7 October 2016

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, 11 October 2016

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

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British Counterculture Then and Now: Barry Miles & Iain Sinclair in Conversation

6:00pm-8:00pm Wednesday, 12 October 2016

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED Half a century on from 1966, the seminal year of British counterculture, acclaimed writers Iain Sinclair and Barry Miles reflect on the major events and characters of ...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 12 October 2016

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

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Collections Encounter: Experimentations of the Counter-Culture

2:00pm-3:00pm Thursday, 13 October 2016

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 Friday, 14 October 2016

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, 18 October 2016

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, 19 October 2016

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

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Exposing the Off-Beat: A Curator Tour

11:00am-11:45am Friday, 21 October 2016

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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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 21 October 2016

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

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'Pick your nose' workshop and photo booth

2:00pm-4:00pm Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Come in to the Library and be nosey! Make your own dream nose in this fun workshop inspired by Gaspare Tagliacozzi, a 16th century pioneer of reconstructive surgery. Pose in our photo booth and ma...

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An Evening of Imagining Medicine

6:00pm-8:00pm Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Join us at The John Rylands Library for a unique opportunity to meet the people behind our Imagining Medicine exhibition, artist Dr Sian Bonnell and art historian Dr Cordelia Warr, together with expe...

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Collections Encounter: Ye Olde Medical Hacks

2:00pm-3:00pm Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Join us as we delve into our 16th and 17th century medical collections and discover doctor’s advice on unicorn horns, poisonous cats and gunshot wounds. No need to book, just turn up.

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

11:30am-11:45am Wednesday, 26 October 2016

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, 26 October 2016

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

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'Pick your nose' workshop and photo booth

2:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 27 October 2016

Come in to the Library and be nosey! Make your own dream nose in this fun workshop inspired by Gaspare Tagliacozzi, a 16th century pioneer of reconstructive surgery. Pose in our photo booth and ma...

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Printing press demonstration: amputation and regeneration

11:30am-11:50am Thursday, 27 October 2016

Watch our Columbian Printing Press in action; heralded as one of history’s greatest inventions discover the impact the printing press had on our society and how it revolutionised the circulation of...

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Collections Encounter: Ye Olde Medical Hacks

2:00pm-3:00pm Friday, 28 October 2016

Join us as we delve into our 16th and 17th century medical collections and discover doctor’s advice on unicorn horns, poisonous cats and gunshot wounds. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 28 October 2016

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

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Printing press demonstration: amputation and regeneration

11:30am-11:50am Friday, 28 October 2016

Watch our Columbian Printing Press in action; heralded as one of history’s greatest inventions discover the impact the printing press had on our society and how it revolutionised the circulation of...

November 2016

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 2 November 2016

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, 3 November 2016

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, 4 November 2016

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 Tuesday, 8 November 2016

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 Wednesday, 9 November 2016

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, 11 November 2016

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, 15 November 2016

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, 16 November 2016

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

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Off-Beat/On-Screen: Two Beat Films and Flim Nite Performances

6:30pm-8:30pm Thursday, 17 November 2016

We want to celebrate the unexpected and the bizarre with our screening of the two great Beat Poet films, 'Pull My Daisy' and 'Wholly Communion'. Tapping into the free and wild spirit of the Beat Gene...

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Collections Encounter: Experimentations of the Counter-Culture

2:00pm-3:00pm Friday, 18 November 2016

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 Friday, 18 November 2016

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, 23 November 2016

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

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14th Annual Rylands Poetry Reading: Bill Manhire

6:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, 24 November 2016

Join us for an evening of poetry at The John Rylands Library. This year's Rylands Poetry Reading will be given by Bill Manhire. Bill Manhire (b. Invercargill, NZ, 1946) was his country's inaugural...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 25 November 2016

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

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Exposing the Off-Beat: A Curator Tour

11:00am-11:45am Saturday, 26 November 2016

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, 29 November 2016

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, 30 November 2016

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

December 2016

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Toddler tales

10:30am-11:15am Thursday, 1 December 2016

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, 2 December 2016

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, 6 December 2016

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, 7 December 2016

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, 9 December 2016

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 Tuesday, 13 December 2016

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 Wednesday, 14 December 2016

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, 16 December 2016

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, 20 December 2016

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, 21 December 2016

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, 23 December 2016

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

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