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.
Manchester Centre for Correspondence Studies
The Manchester Centre for Correspondence Studies was established by a group of JRRI researchers and concerns the study of various types of correspondence.
Visionary Artists, Visionary Objects (1800-now)
This international network centres on the work of visionary artists, and on the nature of visionary art.
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.
Heinrich Simon: Prussian Double Agent
The only leader of the German 1848 Revolution as yet largely unresearched has a particular German-Mancunian linkage.
Historical Perspectives on the Regulation of Mourning.
Manchester and modern finance
Exploring secrecy in the printed materials of British freemasonry
The Dave Cunliffe Archive and the counterculture
The cultural impact of Poetmeat, Global Tapestry and the BB Books Small Press
Networking John Ruskin
Victorian culture and social life in the John Ryland’s Library
The visual culture of midwifery training in early nineteenth-century Manchester
This project seeks to explore how the pregnant body was thought about, pictured, represented and practiced upon in early nineteenth-century Manchester.
Mapping spaces of medical exchange across Manchester, 1793 – 1893
This project looks at the intersecting forms of human thought, feeling and action that make and are made by historical spaces.
Giulio Camillo 2.0
This project uses a manuscript from the John Rylands Library’s Christie Collection to digitally recreate a 3D model of a 16th century theatre.
Economic behaviours in the John Ryland Library’s Persian manuscripts
A project that analyses economically indicative verb usage in Persian texts.
The song of commerce
This project uses sonification to represent the textile trade between Manchester and Brazil during the 19th century.
Developing mixed reality applications with archival collections in the digital spatial humanities.