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Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England


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Behind the Bling

The  third and final post about the John Rylands Library in Manchester

I started out calling this post ‘Behind the Bling’ but that felt a little uncharitable. I’m not sure The John Rylands Library in Manchester ever ‘set its barrow down’ to be ostentatious, more a philanthropic sharing of knowledge, the gift of education  and a celebration of art, architecture and craftsmanship. (Oh and the fact northern money was as good as southern!)

An on the hoof  exterior photo as we dashed for our train, in the fading winter light

John Ryland Exterior -1

Within  the building is a spectacular collection of historical documents and books. painstakingly catalogued and preserved for posterity.

John Ryland Reading Room -1

it is the third largest academic library in the United Kingdom, and the Deansgate building houses over 250,000 printed volumes, and well over a million manuscripts and archival items.

Many  are painstakingly shrouded for  their protection

shrouded books -1

I looked at these books and carefully stored documents

John Ryland Reading Room 4-1

and thought how I would be a disaster working in this field

John Ryland books -1

(as disastrous as I’d be as an air traffic controller! each to their own!)

I hope you’ve enjoyed our tour around, pop over and have a look at the secrets of a more modern building over at VWXYNot? Fascinating.

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