The second of two posts written by University of Manchester MA students Hannah Banks and Matthew Bridson, who have been working with the John Rylands Research Institute and Library on the project ‘Redressing colonial perspectives in Echoes of Service Archives’.
2nd May 2021 is the bicentenary of the death of Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury), writer and focal point of a brilliant literary circle. This post marks the anniversary by discussing a fine letter from Hester to Penelope Pennington from 1820, which the Rylands purchased late last year.
2021 is the ‘anno dantesco’, commemorating the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death. To mark the start of our celebrations here in Manchester, Dr Guyda Armstrong of the Italian Department writes about the new collection of manuscripts and early printed editions from the Rylands which we’ve made available in Manchester Digital Collections.