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Historical Event, Thu 27 Feb 2020, free entry


A History of Dyes - From Ancient Egypt to Leeds

A History of Dyes - From Ancient Egypt to Leeds


Dr Christine Holdstock  - Colour Consultant - MRSC, CCol ASDC, FSDC, FHEA

Dr Holdstock taught Colour Science at the University of Leeds for over 20 years. Before joining the University staff, she worked at WIRA (the Wool Industries Research Association in Headingley) where she obtained a PhD on the control of the dyeing process (as an external student of Leeds University).

In this talk she will describe ancient dyeing materials and processes, including those employed in the time of the Pharaohs - and trace the development of colour chemistry to the present day. The importance of the Leeds Department of Colour Chemistry and Dyeing, from its beginning over 130 years ago, will be outlined and some significant recent discoveries highlighted.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsAccepts groups

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Dates Times
Thu 27 Feb 2020 14:00 to 00:00


Free entry

This lecture is free and you do not need a ticket – but if you are coming with a group of friends and would like seats reserving, please contact:- Dr J E Lydon: Secretary, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, Faculty of Biological Sciences, The University of Leeds, LS2 9JT



Millennium Square,



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How to find us
Leeds City Museum is located in the city centre, on Millennium Square.
By public transport: A 10 minute walk from Leeds railway station and a 15 minute walk from the city centre bus station.
By car: On street parking is available on Rossington Street and Cookridge Street. Woodhouse Lane, The Light, Merrion Centre, St John’s Centre and Rose Bowl car parks are all a 5 or 10 minute walk from the museum.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Leeds station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups