The John Rylands Library Special Collections Blog

It was more than five years ago that we first had the idea for an exhibition to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This was during a visit to the Newberry Library in Chicago in 2012. Their own exhibition ‘Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700’ will open on 14 September. The full proposal was put forward two years ago while detailed planning kicked off last December. So it has been a long time in the making but here we are finally open!

For the last week a team of people have been hard at work putting everything in place – Special Collections collections and engagement staff, Collection Care and Strategic Marketing & Communications. There were a few last minute crises (aren’t there always with exhibitions?) but nothing that couldn’t be solved with some smart thinking and teamwork. A big thanks to everyone, you know who you are ….


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