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.
Codex Poetics: Romantic Books and the Time of Reading
Emily’s project uses printed materials from 18th and 19th centuries to raise questions about how Romantic writers understood the material technology of books.
The project team has been invited to work with Quarry Bank to help develop a year-long exhibition to mark 125 years of the National Trust, opening April 2020
Faith in the Town
Lay Religion, Urbanisation and Industrialisation in England, 1740-1830.
Heinrich Simon: Prussian Double Agent
The only leader of the German 1848 Revolution as yet largely unresearched has a particular German-Mancunian linkage.
Hugo, the genius and the hero
Kevin’s project draws upon the Victor Hugo collection to undertake a transnational and comparative study of Thomas Carlyle and Victor Hugo.
In Their Own Words
A three-year project funded by the Leverhulme Trust looking at poetry in translation in the UK after 1962.
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.
Medieval Manuscripts in the First ‘Northern Powerhouse’
Stephen’s project seeks to lay the groundwork for a major exhibition of the medieval manuscripts in the John Rylands Library.
Putting the Body of Manchester on Display
Stephen’s project uses Digital Humanities research techniques to explore how the human body has been controlled and displayed by and in the city.
Sleeping Well in the Early Modern World
Sasha’s project seeks to determine what it meant to sleep well in the expanding world of early modern Europeans c.1500-c.1750.
The Manuscript Gaster 1572 and the Use of Medieval Texts as a Didactic
Adelina’s project aims to expand the study of the Vita of St Basil the Younger beyond the medieval period, by exploring manuscript 1572 from Gaster collection.
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.
Transnationalising the English Renaissance
Fred’s project uses early print materials to explore the book trade in sixteenth-century England.
UK Black Freedom Struggles in North West England, 1945-1989
Kerry’s project builds upon recent research into UK-based Black freedom struggles by examining 20th century Black-led movements in north West England.