Find out more about the staff who lead the Rylands including our researchers and PhD students.
Hannah Barker, Director of the John Rylands Research Institute and Professor of British History
Hannah is a historian of industrial revolution England. She is Chair of Manchester Histories, a charity which works with people across Greater Manchester to transform lives through history and heritage, a Historical Advisor for the National Trust and a feoffee of Chetham’s charity.
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Guyda Armstrong, Senior Lecturer in Italian and Digital Humanities Lead
Guyda is an early modern literary scholar who works at the intersection of book history, information design, and languages. As Faculty Digital Humanities Lead she directed the Manchester Digital Collections project, and is responsible for developing new digital and computational approaches for research across the Rylands collections.
Zoe Gosling, Manager of the John Rylands Research Institute
Zoe is responsible for the day to day running of the Rylands, including communications, grant management and research impact support. Zoe has a PhD in English Literature from The University of Manchester specialising in modernist literature and mathematics, and she has previously worked for the Cathie Marsh Institute in the School of Social Sciences.
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Aaron McGaughey, Grant Writer
Aaron works with Humanities researchers and JRRIL fellows to develop projects and apply for funding. Prior to joining The University of Manchester, he gained a PhD in Russian History from The University of Nottingham and worked on funded projects with partners from heritage, library and local history organisations.
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Find out more about the many researchers and PhD students working with the Rylands.
Postdoctoral Research Fellows
Research Associate, Persian Manuscripts
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Research Associate, Hebrew Manuscripts
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Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Reflecting Devotion: Lustrous Materials in Seventeenth-Century England, Scotland and Ireland
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Travel in Tokugawa Period Japan (1603-1868): Identity , Nation and Social Transformation
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Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, Looked-After Children: Fostering and Adoption in Britain, 1700-1839
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Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, The Opression of the Nobility: Town, Country and Identity in Medieval Germany
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Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, God from Machines: Techonology and Magic in Nineteenth Century Imperial Encounters
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Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Royal Women, Cultural Exchanges, and Rus’ Ecumenical Marriages, circa 1000-1250
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Shreeve Fellow in the History of Medicine, The Visual Culture of Midwifery Training in Early Nineteenth Century Manchester
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Yewande’s research focuses on a contemporary analysis of the ontology of Blackness with British-Nigerian individuals as the primary focus.
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Elizabeth’s research explores and analyses the book collecting of Enriqueta Rylands, founder of the John Rylands Library, to reveal what she acquired, how and for what purpose.
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Roxana’s research focuses on the social structure of the landowners and tenants in Hermopolis in the period after 400.
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Visiting Early Career Research Fellows
Visiting Early Career Research Fellow 2020-21, Image in Iberia and the Medieval West ca. 700-1080: an Intellectual History
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Visiting Early Career Research Fellow 2020-21, Premenstrual Tensions in the 1830-1930 Archive: Taking a Medical History of Disordered Menstruation
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Visiting Early Career Research Fellow 2020-21, “A Touch of the Blue Devils”: Women, Mental Health and Self-Care in England, 1750-1850
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Visiting Early Career Research Fellow 2020-21, Conversation, Consumption, and Conversion in Early Modern Europe, c. 1580-1700
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Visiting Early Career Research Fellow 2020-21, Landscape, Environment, and British Imperial Identity, 1860-1914
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Visiting Early Career Research Fellow 2020-21, The Clergy and Artistic Recreation in Early Modern Britain
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Visiting Early Career Research Fellow 2021-22, Consuming Clergymen: Religion, Masculinity, and Objects c.1603–1830
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Visiting Early Career Research Fellow 2021-22, Trading Body Parts in Britain, 1750-1850
Read about Richard's research