The Many Faces of the Rylands' Jewish Manuscripts

This online exhibition celebrates the completion of the project to create an online catalogue, with images and descriptions, of the manuscripts in Hebrew script in the John Rylands Research Institute and Library, Manchester.

This important collection of manuscripts is one of the best in the UK and contains many surprises. The collection includes beautiful manuscripts, including the gloriously illuminated Sephardi Rylands Haggadah. Other manuscripts look nondescript at first sight, torn scraps of parchment or badly damaged books, but contain precious evidence for Jewish life and thought in the far-flung Diaspora.  

This exhibition focusses on lesser-known items that illustrate the diversity of the collection and hidden details discovered by cataloguers. Never judge a book by its cover.