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Events at John Rylands Library, Deansgate, in March/April

24 Mar 2010

Living Positive, Mapping Manchester, and Storytelling Workshops

Living Positive in Manchester
John Rylands Library, Deansgate
22 March – 4 April

Deansgate is one of 70 venues for a city-wide exhibition called Living Positive, which opened on the 22 March and runs for 2 weeks. The exhibition consists of a series of photographs produced by service users of Body Positive in Manchester, exploring their experiences of living with, or being affected by, HIV. The Library is showing six images, including one contributed by Annie Lennox. For more information about the project, please see the website:

The display is in the atrium, just beyond the reception desk in the modern entrance, and alongside the images there are free booklets which introduce the project, include photographs from the exhibition and offer advice and support information. These booklets have also been placed around the city for people to discover, and the exhibition photographs will be shown on the giant digital screen at Piccadilly train station.

We are really pleased to be able to support this project by being a venue, and hope that the display will make a positive contribution to breaking down the barriers of silence, stigma and speculation which face many people affected by HIV.



Last chance to see Mapping Manchester: Cartographic Stories of the City
John Rylands Library, Deansgate
Until 28 March

It’s the last chance to see the popular cartographic exhibition at John Rylands Library. Mapping Manchester explores the growth of the city, road networks and public transport, Manchester as the industrial powerhouse of the nineteenth century, the social geography of housing, changing moralities illustrated by statistical maps, and leisure mapping such as plans of Belle Vue – arguably the world’s first theme park.

On display are maps, plans and photographs of Manchester published over the last two hundred and fifty years. These range from the first large scale survey of the city, published in 1794, to a 2008 statistical map of binge-drinking hotspots.

This celebration of cartography and the city presents a unique opportunity to see highlights from the collections held by the University of Manchester alongside material generously loaned by Chetham’s Library and Manchester City Library and Archives.


Storytelling Workshops
John Rylands Library, Deansgate
Wednesday 31 March, 10.30am-1.30pm & 2-5pm
Free - Booking essential

Fun-packed, fascinating and creative workshops using games, activities and magical encounters to bring the Library to life through storytelling, music, movement, role-play and drama techniques.

Let your imagination run free as you create your own stories – using statues, sculptures and hidden parts of the library as inspiration.

Booking is essential as places are limited – please contact: