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The John Rylands Research Institute

Elizabeth Gow

Analysing the book collecting of Enriqueta Rylands, founder of the John Rylands Library, between 1889 and 1908.

Enriqueta Rylands
Elizabeth's research focuses on the book collecting of Enriqueta Rylands, founder of the John Rylands Library.

In 2015, Elizabeth was awarded an AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership studentship to undertake a part-time PhD in Museum Studies. Her research explores and analyses the book collecting of Enriqueta Rylands, founder of the John Rylands Library, between 1889 and 1908 (when she died). Through close scrutiny of both textual records and the material evidence of Rylands’ collecting practice, Elizabeth’s research will reveal what Rylands acquired, how and for what purpose. Central to the project is an investigation of the relationship between the tastes, interests and practical resources of the individual collector and the ambition to found a major educational and cultural institution.

Elizabeth is a professional archivist and manuscript curator working in the University of Manchester Library. In 2008 she curated an exhibition at the John Rylands Library to mark the centenary of Rylands’ death.