Happy Halloween! Join us on The Ride Through The Murky Air! This 19th century illustration shows a witch and passenger flying through the air on a broomstick. Trick or treat?

Happy Halloween! Join us on The Ride Through The Murky Air! This 19th century illustration shows a witch and passenger flying through the air on a broomstick. Trick or treat?

Bookworm alert! The final photo in our celebration of Manchester Science Festival. We held a Family Fun Afternoon where visitors enjoyed making bugs and pests from craft materials! Check out the Events at the The John Rylands Library web page for more details on upcoming events.

Bookworm alert! The final photo in our celebration of Manchester Science Festival. We held a Family Fun Afternoon where visitors enjoyed making bugs and pests from craft materials! Check out the Events at the The John Rylands Library web page for more details on upcoming events.

The final photo in our series of Chinese paintings to mark the Asia Triennial, Manchester, Harmonious Society exhibition at The John Rylands Library. This beautiful 18th century painting depicts Chinese musicians with musical instruments.

The final photo in our series of Chinese paintings to mark the Asia Triennial, Manchester, Harmonious Society exhibition at The John Rylands Library. This beautiful 18th century painting depicts Chinese musicians with musical instruments.

Check out this atmospheric illustration from a 200 year old science paper ‘On the Expansion of Elastic Fluids by Heat’.

Check out this atmospheric illustration from a 200 year old science paper ‘On the Expansion of Elastic Fluids by Heat’.

Did you go sober for Stoptober? This extract from a Temperance scrapbook depicts the physical and moral consequences of drinking alcohol.

Did you go sober for Stoptober? This extract from a Temperance scrapbook depicts the physical and moral consequences of drinking alcohol.

Death and the devil creeping up.

Death and the devil creeping up.

African women from the Dahomy kingdom (present-day Ghana) in the memoirs of Archibald Dalzel, Governor at Cape-Coast Castle, one of the slave trade castles used by the Brits in 1700.

African women from the Dahomy kingdom (present-day Ghana) in
the memoirs of Archibald Dalzel, Governor at Cape-Coast Castle, one of the slave trade castles used by the Brits in 1700.

Morbid histology classes at The University of Manchester ‘Pathologial Department’ in 1900!

Morbid histology classes at The University of Manchester ‘Pathologial Department’ in 1900!

A sumptuous image mirroring Diwali with its colours and reflecting light. Illumination comes in various guises.

A sumptuous image mirroring Diwali with its colours and reflecting light. Illumination comes in various guises.

What a fantastic machine! Manchester at the forefront of science with Ernest Rutherford and Hans Geiger.

What a fantastic machine! Manchester at the forefront of science with Ernest Rutherford and Hans Geiger.

Cutting edge 17th century science! An Indian treatise on hydraulics & pneumatics showing fluid flow (we think!). If you know better or have any other ideas let us know.

Cutting edge 17th century science! An Indian treatise on hydraulics & pneumatics showing fluid flow (we think!). If you know better or have any other ideas let us know.

Illustration of Miao performers with masks and instruments. This art was produced for the Chinese market rather than the West.

Illustration of Miao performers with masks and instruments. This art was produced for the Chinese market rather than the West.

Here’s the penultimate page of Gaskell's handwritten manuscript, Wives & Daughters. Gaskell sadly died before finishing it. Gaskell’s House reopened to the public on 5th October.

Here’s the penultimate page of Gaskell’s handwritten manuscript, Wives & Daughters. Gaskell sadly died before finishing it. Gaskell’s House reopened to the public on 5th October.

Peacock wrote ‘Nightmare Abbey’ so here’s a spooky photo of our cloistered corridor at the #johnrylands from 1900

Peacock wrote ‘Nightmare Abbey’ so here’s a spooky photo of our cloistered corridor at the #johnrylands from 1900