Manchester Jewish Museum

Pictures from the Past:
Jewish Passover Manuscripts from the Rylands



Manchester Jewish Museum's Learning Studio


Included in General Admission to the museum. Free for Annual Pass holders and M8 Members.

Join us at Manchester Jewish Museum as we welcome curators from the John Rylands Research Institute and Library for a special event dedicated to the Rylands Hebrew Collection.

Drop in anytime between 10.30am and 12.30pm and take a closer look at beautifully decorated Haggadot and explore manuscripts connected to Passover. From the humble to the extravagant we’ll see remarkable texts that celebrate this most important festival. During this drop-in event you can meet and chat to our curators, and find out how to access more of this rich collection in person and online. All welcome!

The University of Manchester Library holds over 400 Hebrew manuscripts dating from the 14th century to the early 20th century. They include beautifully decorated and illustrated religious and literary manuscripts such as the famous Rylands Haggadah, a collection of Ketubbot (marriage contracts), and amulets and other magical texts assembled by a Romanian-British scholar and communal leader Moses Gaster.

This incredible collection includes manuscripts coming from the British Isles, Spain, France, Germany, Romania, Italy, Morocco, China and Yemen. They are predominantly written in the Hebrew language in Hebrew script, but some of the manuscript represent other languages like Aramaic, Yiddish, Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Spanish, German, Latin, English, Crimean Tatar and even Judeo-Persian.


This event is included in General Admission to the museum. If you’re an Annual Pass holder or an M8 Member, simply login to your account and choose a relevant free ticket option. If you haven’t been to the museum before, book yourself a ticket and it will act as an Annual Pass allowing you to come as often as you like for a year.

This event is suitable for anyone aged 6+.


The John Rylands Research Institute and Library is housed in a stunning neo-Gothic building in the heart of Manchester, it is a dynamic community of world-leading researchers, curators, conservators and imaging specialists. The Library is open to anyone who would like to explore the beautiful building, see amazing collections on display in our exhibitions, or join as a reader to access our world-class collections.