Research work at the John Rylands Research Institute is continually improving our understanding of people, cultures and societies around the world.
By stimulating interdisciplinary research, as well as activities such as cataloguing and projects, we are unlocking knowledge that makes a difference to people's lives.
This research project uses SeeBiByte software to investigate the evolution of the page design of Dante’s Divina Commedia.
Street theatre and urban change in nineteenth century Britain and France
This research project examines playbills and broadsides to trace the cultural, economic and social importance of street performers during the nineteenth century.
Debating Russia’s future
The role of Alexis Aladin (1873-1927) in Anglo-Russian economic and political exchanges, 1860-1914.
Anti-slavery activism: from modern to post-modern
This project examines the history of anti-slavery activism and policy in order to situate current policymaking and support an interdisciplinary, comparative perspective on exploitation.
Environment, emotion, ritual and routine
This research project seeks to understand the role of emotions in people’s understandings of and engagements with their environments.
Lives and afterlives
The Lives and Afterlives of Letters network centres on the study of correspondence and was established by a group of JRRI research associates, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.
Visionary Artists, Visionary Objects (1800-now)
This international network centres on the work of visionary artists, and on the nature of visionary art.
The Samaritan correspondence of Moses Gaster
This research project analyses and contextualises about 500 letters in Samaritan Hebrew.
In Their Own Words
A three-year project funded by the Leverhulme Trust looking at poetry in translation in the UK after 1962.
The formation and reception of the Macklin Bible
This research project looks at the Macklin Bible - an ambitious, illustrated Bible, published in London in 1800.
Medical education in a 'provincial' context
This research project focuses largely on the Manchester Medical Manuscripts Collection, which consists of over 250 unique manuscripts from 1750-1850.
Heinrich Simon: Prussian Double Agent
The only leader of the German 1848 Revolution as yet largely unresearched has a particular German-Mancunian linkage.