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Mr Monkey visits the John Rylands Library, 18th April

"The two buildings are differently impressive, you know"

Mr Monkey looking around the atruim Mr Monkey looking at the old wall surrounded by new walls

Turning away from Totem, Mr Monkey examined the point where the new extension, built between 2003 and 2007 as the Unlocking the Rylands project, connects to the original John Rylands Library, built between 1890 and 1899. He found it quite easy to tell the difference between the new bits and the old bits, and was glad the designers hadn't tried to make the new building a pastiche of the old.

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