Inside John Rylands Library

This is the Reading Room of the Rylands Library. Having lived my student years in central Manchester. I am a little ashamed to say that 2019 was my first visit inside the library. It’s a late-Victorian neo-Gothic architectural style. Opened in 1900 it has Harry Potter style vibes to the place. The library was founded by John’s wife in his memory. John Rylands was an English entrepreneur who owned large textile manufacturing mills. At its peak, the Rylands family firm employed 15,000 people across 17 mills and factories, producing 35 tons of cloth a day. In the past this type of interior photograph would have required a tripod to keep the image sharp. Modern cameras can now handle such low light settings with ease. 

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