Paradise Lost at 350

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This public event at the John Rylands Library celebrated 350 years of John Milton's Paradise Lost.

The two hour, drop-in event included:

- Information and activity relating to Paradise Lost in the collections
- Projections of Paradise Lost illustrations from the collections
- Mini talks by University of Manchester academics:
‘Community and Paradise Lost’ (Douglas Clark, English) 
‘Illustrating Paradise Lost’ (Naomi Billingsley, JRRI)
‘Eve in Paradise Lost’ (Holly Morse, Religions & Theology)

The event was co-organised by Naomi Billingsley (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, John Rylands Research Institute) and Jane Gallagher (Special Collections Librarian for Rare Books and Digital Humanities at the John Rylands Library), with generous support from the Visitor Engagement and Facilities teams at the Library.
Over 100 members of the public engaged with this event. A write-up of the responses to the activity was published on the John Rylands Special Collections blog (see 'links').
Period9 Dec 2017
Event typeOther
LocationManchesterShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • Paradise Lost
  • John Milton
  • poetry
  • English Literature
  • reception of the Bible
  • Art History
  • British Art
  • Illustration

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • John Rylands Research Institute and Library