History Day 2020: Events & Resources at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library
The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, Manchester, was delighted to take part in History Day 2020. This online event took place on Thursday 19 November and was instigated by the Institute of Historical Research and the Senate House Library
On Thursday the 19 November 2020 several live events took place including a virtual tour of the fantastic neo-Gothic John Rylands Library building, a interview with academics about their collection-based research and the chance to meet and question curators and reader services staff.
For those unable to attend we have added videos and further information on what you missed. You can also contact our specialist curators at any time or contact the Reader Services Team via email@example.com
Let’s Talk about Food: In Conversation on the New World
Be the first to watch a new film and take part in a live Q&A around the food adventures of European settler colonists in the Americas. Historian Dr Rachel Winchcombe (University of Leeds) and plant scientist Professor Amanda Bamford (University of Manchester) discuss how the same foods are now shaping debates about sustainability and environmental change. Filmed on location in the beautiful and historic surroundings of The John Rylands Research Institute and Library.
Online tour of the John Rylands Library and a chance to ask our history curators questions.
3.00pm — 4.00pm
About this Event
Join us online for a live lockdown tour around the most popular spots in the atmospheric John Rylands Library, University of Manchester. Meet members of our Visitor Engagement Team who will share stories around the architecture and history of the library. Then catch up with Curators and the Reader Services Team to find out more about resources held in the Library and how they might fit your research interests. The world-class collections held at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library are breath taking in scope and we may just have the perfect collection for you …
Below you can take a 15 minute virtual tour of the John Rylands Library Building on Deansgate
For those who were unable to attend you can access the Powerpoint presentation which gives an overview of our key collections here. Below is a video explaining how to access the Library in person during our current restricted service.
If you are unable to visit the Library due to Covid restrictions, there is also a video explanation of how to book a one hour virtual appointment with Reader Services.
What can you find in The University of Manchester Special Collections?
Our Special Collections span 5 millennia, contain several hundred languages and are written on every medium — from papyrus to pixels. We hold some of the most significant books and manuscripts in the world alongside unique archive collections, maps and visual materials. The collections cover a wide range of subjects: theology and philosophy; literature, drama and music; art and archaeology; science and medicine; economic, social, political and military history; travel and exploration
You can find out much more on the links below about the breadth of our Special Collections and how to access our digital materials
What are Special Collections?
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