The John Rylands Research Institute hosts an informal forum each month, to reveal and explore some of the diverse research activity taking place within the Institute.

From papyrus to photography, from theological commentaries to the occult, this engaging and accessible interdisciplinary forum features ground-breaking research on documents produced over the last 3,000 years. Each hour-long event comprises thirty minutes of short talks from senior scholars, early-career and emerging researchers, and Library staff, followed by half an hour of lively discussion.

Attenders will have the opportunity to explore dark corners of the collections, peek over the shoulders of researchers, and explore how they can engage with both the Library’s collections and the dynamic projects in the John Rylands Research Institute.

All events take place at the John Rylands Library, 12.00-13.00, and everyone is welcome.

6 October 2015: Collecting Collectors

Elizabeth Gow: Enriqueta Rylands: Private Collector, Public Philanthropist 

John Hodgson: Modern Medici: The Earls of Crawford and their Manuscript Collections

3 November 2015: Judaica and Hebraica

Dr Benjamin Williams: Interpreting the Bible in the Ottoman Empire

Dr Maria Chioata: Moses Gaster’s Romanian Bird and Beast Stories (1915)

1 December 2015: Medieval Tales

Paul Clarke: Reading Boccaccio through Space and Time

Dr Cordelia Warr: Stigmata