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The John Rylands Research Institute

close up of the outside of The John Rylands Library

Why study here?

We offer an enviable location for study of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

The cosmopolitan city of Manchester offers a lively and diverse research culture, and the Institute provides unparalleled access to the incredible riches of the Special Collections at The John Rylands Library.

Resources in medieval studies also include Chetham’s Library, which houses some of the oldest public library in the English-speaking world; one collection of particular interest to medievalists is the digitised collection of medieval manuscripts.

The Whitworth, a gallery and museum belonging to the University, showcases collections of textiles which go as back as far as the third century CE, as well as collections of prints dating from the origins of European printmaking in the mid-fifteenth century. The Gallery has recently reopened following major development work and now includes additional exhibition and public space including galleries, learning and study spaces.

The Manchester Museum, also part of the University, houses objects from pre-historic Egypt to the Byzantine era (circa 600 CE).

Anglo-Saxon Studies has been a long-term specialism at the University. Visit the webpage for MANCASS (Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies) for further details: