Hannah Barker, Director of the John Rylands Research Institute and Professor of History
Hannah is a historian of industrial revolution England. She is Chair of Manchester Histories, a charity which works to transform lives in Greater Manchester through histories and heritage, a Historical Advisor for the National Trust and a feoffee of Chetham's charity.
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Rachel Beckett, Associate Director of The John Rylands Library and the John Rylands Research Institute
Rachel is responsible for the leadership and development of the John Rylands Library with a particular focus on increased engagement with the academic community, research and engaging wider audiences with the Library as a cultural attraction. Rachel is a member of The University of Manchester Library’s Leadership Team and co-chair of RLUK’s Leadership Group for Special Collections.
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Sarah May, Manager of the John Rylands Research Institute
Sarah studied French and Italian at the University of Manchester and was awarded a PhD from the University of Leeds in 2015, where she studied medieval Italian literature. Before joining the John Rylands Research Institute, Sarah worked in a research support role at Manchester Metropolitan University.
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Anne Brandolani, Administrative Assistant
Anne’s role is to assist with administrative matters, including financial administration. Anne previously worked as Manager of Postgraduate Research Programmes at Alliance Manchester Business School, and Manager of the School of Law at Manchester Metropolitan University.
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Chloe Jeffries, Grant Writer
Chloe helps to build projects and scale up ideas. She has won bids with researchers across the Humanities and enjoys strong links with the arts, heritage and charitable sectors. Chloe gained a D. Phil in History from the University of Oxford, and previously worked in research development for Brunel University London.
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