Our history

The John Rylands Research Institute was established in 2013 to ‘uncover, explore, unravel and reveal’ hidden ideas and knowledge contained within the Special Collections.

Since its inception, the Institute has gained both national and international recognition, and it has been involved in preparing successful research grants for the University from funders including the AHRC, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy and Marie Curie Foundation.

In addition, the generous support of Institute donors, including Mark Younger, David Shreeve, The Soudavar Memorial Foundation, Amin Amiri and others has generated considerable philanthropic donations which have contributed to the Institute’s long-term strategic vision.

Over its first seven years, core and affiliate members of the Institute have generated a wide range of high-quality research publications and it has continued to grow its international profile through an ongoing project to establish a coherent and ambitious suite of international exchanges.

Throughout the year, the Institute hosts a programme of knowledge exchange and impact events including workshops, conferences, lectures and a seminar series, to engage both academic and public audiences. Its main public event, the Annual Lecture, continues to attract high profile speakers such as British biographer and historian Jenny Uglow OBE and Michael Wood, Professor of Public History at The University of Manchester.