Art History UoM Index

On 1 November Manchester celebrated becoming a UNESCO World City of Literature. It is the fourth city in the UK to achieve this designation and becomes part of a prestigious network of twenty-eight cities around the world. As a Mancunian, I was thrilled that the city has been honoured in this way, and especially excited about the spotlight thrown onto Manchester’s historic libraries, not least the University’s John Rylands Library on Deansgate in the city centre.  This is the library that I use most for my research, since the art that I work on is generally hidden between the covers of books – old books, written and painted more than five hundred years ago.

Some of the illuminated manuscripts looked after at John Rylands relate ancient tales retold by medieval writers, such as John Lydgate’s Troy Book about the Siege of Troy and that horse! The books that I’m currently…

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