A Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant is funding, ‘Dye-versity’, an arts-science project by Dr Anita Quye, senior lecturer in conservation science at the University of Glasgow.

Dye-versity takes a unique cross-disciplinary look at the chemical variability of so-called ‘aniline’ dyes, the first commercially successful synthetic dye class.Anita Quye 2016

In the project, Anita is uniting 19th century textile dyeing history and industrial chemistry with modern scientific analysis to study textiles dyed with named aniline dyes that are preserved as colourful ‘patterns’ inside British dyeing manuals published between 1856 and 1899.

The research involves as much time in the archives of universities, museums and libraries across Scotland and the UK as it does in her chromatography laboratory.

Dye-versity is one of several heritage science projects on natural and synthetic dyes led by Anita at the University’s Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History which is helping museums and archives to understand and preserve historical colours.

On the 30th September Anita shares her Dye-versity research in “Crinolines, coal tar and the colourists”, a talk-and-tour for the University of Glasgow’s exciting Explorathon events for European Researchers' Night.

In this celebration of Europe’s research and researchers, enthusiastic staff and students in Glasgow will join thousands of others in events taking place in 300 cities across the continent for the public to become alive with curiosity by getting close to and hands-on with European research. 

The event takes place in the University of Glasgow Library on Hillhead Street, Glasgow from 5:30pm.

Tickets for the event are free but recommended to be booked online in advance. 


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