The John Rylands Library
The John Rylands Library was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands. In 1889 the architect Basil Champneys designed the striking gothic building, which took ten years to build and was opened to public readers on 1 January 1900.
The Library became part of The University of Manchester in 1972 and currently holds the Special Collections of The University of Manchester Library. Mrs Rylands' memorial to her husband is now part of the third largest academic library in the United Kingdom, and the Deansgate building houses over 250,000 printed volumes, and well over a million manuscripts and archival items. Reference: http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/ourhistory/
We would like to record our very grateful thanks to Larry Hurtado BA MA PhD FRSE. Emeritus Professor New Testament Language, Literature & Theology at New College, Edinburgh, for his fascinating insights into P52, his generosity with his time and his infectious enthusiasm for the subject. But most of all for pointing us in the right direction. Sometimes the answers really are on your own doorstep. Thank you professor.
Maria D'Orey, George Lawson, Jonny McConnell, Allan Morton, Flora Tennant, Bill Wishart