Thursday 12 November 2020

The SDC Webinar Series
The Crutchley Archive - A Colourful Textile History 

Date: Thursday 12th November
Time: 14.00 (UK time)
Duration: One hour

Cost: $5.00 / Free to SDC members 

We hope you will join us for the latest webinar in our series when Dr Anita Quye will explore the Crutchley Archive in Southwark Archives. The webinar is free to SDC members - please see below for the discount code. 

Dr Quye will explain the textile history significance of these rare eighteenth-century dye books, describe highlights from the many dyeing instructions and colourful dyed patterns in the books and show how interdisciplinary research from historical textual study, textile history, scientific material analysis and conservation science has led to recognition of the collection as protected heritage. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

Dr Anita Quye, Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science and Head of History of Art at the University of Glasgow, graduated from the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow with a chemistry degree and forensic toxicology doctorate, then worked for National Museums Scotland in the Department of Conservation and Analytical Research and on the Royal Museum Project for 20 years before taking up her lectureship in 2010. Her heritage science research of natural and synthetic dyed textiles in archives and museums combines chromatographic analysis with their material, decorative art and technical histories. Anita is especially interested in eighteenth and nineteenth century dyeing manuals and pattern books like those in the Bradford College Textile Archive, and her investigations include the chemical diversity of early triarylmethane dyes besides recognising the importance of the Crutchley Archive and leading its research.

At the end of the session, attendees will:

  • Understand the importance of preserving dyers’ books for textile history
  • Understand the role of dye and dyeing research in cultural heritage studies
  • Recognise how natural dyes were used for colour creation in the past

How to book:
The webinar costs $5.00. Members of SDC are entitled to attend free of charge. Please enter the discount code SDCMem2020 to take advantage of this member benefit. There is further information on the website. You can book your place here, or follow the link below.


Any questions? Please email [email protected].


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