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
Within the building is a spectacular collection of historical documents and books. painstakingly catalogued and preserved for posterity.
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
I looked at these books and carefully stored documents
and thought how I would be a disaster working in this field
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.