New collections launched on Manchester Digital Collections

The Syriac Manuscripts and The Museum of Medicine and Health are the latest additions to the University’s world-class image viewer, giving users all over the world access to the unique collections held at the University of Manchester.


Syriac Manuscripts

A selection of material from the John Rylands Research Institute and Library’s exceptional collection of Syriac manuscripts is now available to explore on Manchester Digital Collections for the first time. Dr Naima Afif has compiled expert descriptions of the Syriac manuscripts featured in the 2019-2020 Seeing the Invisible exhibition.

The items in the digital collection range in date from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, and include a manuscript of the Peshitta Old Testament copied in China (Syriac MS 4); works by Bar Hebraus (Syriac MS 16 and Syriac MS 44); books of hymns (Syriac MS 6 and Syriac MS 24); and an illustrated compendium of amulets (Syriac MS 52). 

Museum of Medicine and Health

For those interested in the medical humanities, this month a digital collection of historical medical objects owed by the University’s Museum of Medicine and Health has been launched on Manchester Digital Collections. 

Professor Carsten Timmerman, Professor of the History of Science, Technology & Medicine at The University of Manchester, writes: “We are lucky, as a University, that we own a collection of such historical objects, held in our Museum of Medicine and Health (MMH). We are now undertaking the exciting and innovative step of combining a selection of objects and printed materials digitally in one collection.”