A book of ours: Manchester’s “homeless” engage with our manuscripts

Chris at the John Rylands Library - copyright Lois BlackburnThe Library is currently working with the arts organisation arthur+martha to facilitate the making of an illuminated manuscript at the Booth Centre and other support centres for people with experiences of homelessness.

Called the “book of ours” it hopes to reassert the identity and individuality of people who are sometimes dismissed as “homeless” when they are so much more. This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We were extremely proud to host our first research visit with the group, who came to look at some of our medieval manuscripts for inspiration.

John Hodgson, the Library’s Head of Special Collections, led the group on a tour of The John Rylands Library, followed by a close look at a 500year-old medieval Book of Hours.

A touching and heartfelt summary of their trip can be found on the arthur+martha blog.

I was deeply moved by the level of engagement and interaction of every member of the group, and I look forward to seeing how that inspiration feeds into their own Book of Ours.
John Hodgson, Head of Special Collections

We wish everyone involved in the project the very best of luck, and we can’t wait to see the finished work.

Image copyright Lois Blackburn.