Crinolines, Coal Tar and The Colourists
The world-changing synthetic dye industry was a fusion of innovation, chance and entrepreneurship by 19th century chemists and dyers. Dr Anita Quye reveals how science and technology transformed the industrial coal tar waste of Victorian Britain into colourful synthetic dyes, kick-starting the foundation of modern organic chemistry along the way.
You can opt for a guided group visit to the Special Collection at the University of Glasgow library with Dr Quye before or after the talk to see rare 19th century books with samples of early synthetic dyes that she and her team are investigating by historical and scientific research.
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