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The John Rylands Research Institute

golden text from a Qur'an

Our research

We work with researchers from across the humanities and the sciences to reveal and realise the research potential of the Special Collections of The University of Manchester Library. Our Special Collections contain materials in several hundred languages, on virtually every medium.

Among our advances are the identification of a 1,500 year-old papyrus fragment, one of the world's oldest Christian charms, and the recovery of lost text through sophisticated imaging techniques, providing insights into the roots of medicine.