Remember me? It's been an age since I've visited this little cornet of the internet. Between university and work, I seldom have time to wind down and write blog posts unfortunately. I assure you however, that I'm exactly as you left me; thriftaholic, bookworm, aspiring scientist and vintage aficionado. I'm back with another episode of my Manchester gallivanting chronicles; on this occasion it's a library!
I've always wished to take blog pictures in a library location and when my trusty amateur photographer and good friend Selma, who always rises to the occasion, agreed to accompany me, we ventured out on a little excursion to The John Rylands Library. John Rylands is one of those places I'd heard briefly mentioned in conversation or used as a landmark to reach a destination, yet despite having resided in Manchester for two decades, this was the first time I had set foot in it. This is one of the countless reasons I love this city so much; every day you observe another detail in passing, whether it be a dated building on a street you took a wrong turn into or an unusual gargoyle you walked past hurriedly everyday and only just noticed. I also love the seamless blend of dated and contemporary buildings and how these historical buildings aren't just there for appearance but have been incorporated into the cities daily functions, like universities, banks, local shops etc. The John Rylands Library itself is a prime example of this, it came into being in 1900 and is the home to a vast collection of rare books and ancient manuscripts. The interior with it's Hogwarts-esque grandeur, concentric arches, spiralling staircases, rows and rows of dated books and little nooks where students actually work in peace, is a treasure to behold. The library has a magnificent, gothic period inspired appearance to it and the library threshold is like a portal to Hogwarts as I walked the halls and corridors of the library that Hermione Granger would undoubtedly approve of.
For all those who live in the proximity of Manchester, there is currently an ongoing exhibition at The John Rylands Library, called 'The Women Who Shaped Manchester', celebrating female pioneers such as the fierce Emmeline Pankhurst who with many others paved the way for generations of female votes with their tenacity and unwavering will. The exhibition is on until the 10th of March this year!