May 2019: Mon 20 May, 2.30pm.
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The John Rylands Library is one of the world’s greatest libraries – Manchester’s No. 1 attraction on TripAdvisor – thanks to the astonishing collection that includes first editions of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, the largest number of works printed by William Caxton, Britain’s first publisher and many of the world’s most valuable bibles (including the 1631 Wicked Bible. Why “Wicked”? You’ll have to come on the tour to find out).
We start with St Ann’s Church and the Royal Exchange to set the library and Rylands himself in context before we head off to Spinningfields There, there’s a quick tour of the locale to set the library in context (it was purposely built in what was then the poorest and most violent part of town) before we enter to unveil the library’s history and riches, in particular the St John Fragment, the oldest piece of the New Testament ever found.
* For more information, please see Walks & Tours: John Rylands Library.