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October 2014

John Rylands Research Institute launch

(14 October 2014)

The John Rylands Research Institute (JRRI) was officially launched this week, bringing together world class expertise from the Faculty and The University of Manchester Library.

Hosted in the neo-gothic splendour of the John Rylands Library's Historic Reading Room, the evening began with a drinks reception, followed by presentations from Prof Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, Jan Wilkinson, University Librarian and Director of The John Rylands Library, and Prof Peter Pormann, Founding Director of the Institute.

Prof Pormann, said: "The Institute will bring together library and academic staff from inside and outside the University to explore our breath-taking Special Collections. Experienced curators and conservators look after this national treasure of global importance, which has rich, untapped potential for research and discovery."

Rachel Beckett, Head of Special Collections at The University of Manchester Library and Associate Director of the Institute, said: "The close collaboration between Library staff and academic colleagues will help us to reveal the riches of the Rylands, which is home to many of the finest collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives in the world."

The John Rylands Library