|Miss E does Art #1|
|This one was big on drama - Alexander von Wagner's 'The Chariot Race'|
|Miss E does Art #2|
|Installation - Casten Höller's 'Drawing Game with Radio'|
The Gallery of Craft and Design housed in a former Victorian theatre was filled with some truly beautiful stuff. Not only one of the architectural highlights of the Manchester Art Gallery, this gallery has a fantastic collection of over 1,300 objects from ancient pottery to the latest designs in furniture and lighting.
|Miss E admires the exquisite Harold Raby Collection of English Enamels -|
'dainty and pretty, quaint and curious'
|The gorgeous Ultra Fraggola Mirror by Ettore Sottsass|
Then we shuffled off to the exquisite and atmospheric late Victorian Gothic building that is the John Rylands Library - housing one of the greatest collections of manuscripts and printed works in the world including some of the oldest fragment of the New Testament, the Guttenberg Bibles, most of Caxton's works, the first edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets and more. This extraordinary building, possibly one of the most beautiful libraries ever, has a modern edifice stitched on to its side, providing visitors with a great cafe that serves a huge and rather good cup of tea....I'm sensing a theme here.....
|The hushed corridors, John Rylands Library|
|Secret stairs, ornamental gates|
|Carved stone dome - John Rylands Library|
|Decorative glass in window at the John Rylands Library|
|Old and new - buildings cleverly 'stitched' together|