The John Rylands Library

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The John Rylands Library merged with Manchester University Library in 1972 to form The John Rylands University Library of Manchester.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive, Historic house or home, Museum

Opening hours

For visitors:
Mon 12.00-17.00
Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun 12.00-17.00

The library is closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and between Christmas and New Year.

Admission charges

The John Rylands Library is a public library. Open daily, entry is free.

Additional info

The Library's collections are open to Readers aged 18 and over. However, to look at special material, a letter of reference is required.

The special collections and Manchester Medical Society Library are Designated Collections of national importance.

The special collections represent an outstanding national and regional resource, combining material of international significance with collections directly relevant to the history and wider impact of Manchester and the North West. The Manchester Medical Society Library contains medical printed books dating between c. 1800-1950, associated with the Manchester Medical Society.

Collection details

Social History, Literature, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Methodist Archives and Research Centre
  • Labour History Archive and Study Centre
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Peterloo exhibition at The John Rylands Library

Peterloo

  • 21 March — 29 September 2019 *on now

Uncover the personal stories behind the protest that shocked Britain. Explore original handwritten records to learn the names of the ordinary Mancunians who sacrificed their lives for liberty. See the documents that show how the city authorities tried to conceal the atrocities they committed against their own citizens. Get up close to historic newspapers, and be inspired by the journalists who tirelessly sought to report truth, expose corruption and seek justice.

The Peterloo Massacre was a crucial step on Britain’s long journey to democracy. In today’s climate of heated political debate, viral media and clashing opinions, the story of these Manchester radicals resonates more than ever before. Come and consider: how different is Britain 200 years later?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/whats-on/peterloo/

The John Rylands Library
150 Deansgate
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M3 3EH
England

Website

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/library/rylands/

E-mail

Visitor and event information

jrl.visitors@manchester.ac.uk

Reader enquiries

uml.special-collections@manchester.ac.uk

Telephone

Visitor and event enquiries

0161 306 0555

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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