Transitions in Print: Revealing secrets of the European printing revolution

Transitions in Print exhibition

Revealing secrets of the European printing revolution.

12 October 2022 to 18 March 2023

About the exhibition

The Rylands has one of the world’s greatest collections of 15th-century European printing. For over 100 years, we have used innovative technologies to examine these earliest printed artefacts.

In this exhibition, explore how scientists, historians and imaging specialists are joining forces to develop tools and new ways of looking at these historic documents using cutting-edge techniques, giving us new insights into our earliest printed heritage.

Keep an eye on our events programme for opportunities to see technologies used to investigate our collections in action and demonstrations of our printing press.

Items on display

  • Discover how we uncovered new information on a print of St Christopher which is one of the earliest produced in Europe.
  • Examine an Indulgence, printed in the 1450s by Johann Gutenberg, to see if you can find details that are being studied by pattern recognition technology.
  • Uncover the mystery of a woodblock thought to be a rare survival from the 15th century.
  • See a printed copy of St John’s Apocalypse as old as the Gutenberg Bible.