Welcome to Y5
There are 29 children in our class. Our teacher is Miss Taylor and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Cunliffe & Miss Winstanley.
Our class Governor is Mrs Marsh
Today we visited John Rylands library, which is located in the centre of Manchester, we explored the building; it was awe-inspiring! It reminded many of us of Hogwarts.
The library was constructed during the Victorian era.
It was commissioned by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband, John.
During our visit we discovered many extraordinary objects and learned many new facts. The library contains 1.4 million objects. The books are printed in many different languages ( 50 different ones)
After our tour of the building we were shown a range of maps; made of Manchester in Victorian times. From one map we discovered that certain areas of Manchester suffered greatly with infectious diseases. We thought it could be due to the houses being so close together.
Another map showed us there were over 2000 places to buy alcohol in a small area of Manchester city centre and that this seemed to link with how much crime was committed in that area.
We also looked a map showing the Victorian Tram system. The trams ran out of Manchester as far as Boothstown. There seemed to be a lot more trams in Victorian times.
One map showed all the shops on Deansgate in 1840. The Kendals department store was already there, but many other shops were very different, many of them seemed to make the goods that they sold. There were also a lot of pubs.
We all really enjoyed our visit. Some of our favourite parts were: the stained glass windows, the marble statues, the ornate ceilings ( you can use mirrors to look at them so you don’t hurt your neck) and all the old books.
We would certainly recommend a visit to John Rylands Library.