A statue of a woman in 19th Century dress made of white stone

Spring Meeting 2024: A Visit to the John Rylands Research Institute and Library

15th May 2024

A group of people looking at an impressive gothic ceiling

At the beginning of May, HHAG members enjoyed this year’s Spring Meeting at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library in Manchester.

An open book with hand drawn decoration.

During the visit we had the opportunity to learn about estate collections held at the Rylands as well as being given an introduction to the history and architecture of the impressive building. Members were also given behind the scenes access to the Ryland’s conservation and photographic studios, giving us all inspiration on what can be achieved through digitisation and forward thinking collections care. Many of us face the challenge of housing and displaying collections in historic buildings and it was interesting to see how the Rylands were addressing that challenge through new building work and a review of exhibition display cases and document mounting techniques.

The event also gave us a chance to share experiences and discuss the common issues that we face across our collections and it was lovely to see some new HHAG members in attendance. We look forward now to the HHAG AGM at Inveraray in September – hope to see you there.

Archive docuemts from the John Rylands Library laid out on supports