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ULITA textiles archive handling session and exhibition introduction

ULITA textiles archive handling session and exhibition introduction

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Tuesday 15 November
3.30pm – 4.15pm

The Synthetics Revolution – Exhibition introduction and colour chemistry sample boards handling session

Join ULITA – An archive of international textiles for the second event of their autumn programme for staff and postgraduates, exploring the collections in the archive. Sessions are open to all staff and postgraduates at University of Leeds and offer an introduction to our collection holdings, along with the opportunity to handle items from the archive.

Through university archive collections, our The Synthetics Revolution exhibition brings the story of man-made fibres and how we interact with them to life ― from technological developments in the early part of the twentieth century to the role of advertising following the Second World War. It delves into how the introduction of man-made fibres into a predominantly woollen manufacturing area changed the lives of its inhabitants and impacted on the face of the textile industry.

ULITA’s Colour Chemistry sample boards are a collection of annotated mounted textiles from the 1920s and 1930s thought to have been displayed in the Department of Colour Chemistry and Dyeing. The samples are of both natural and synthetic textiles from Courtaulds Ltd., Sundour, Edinburgh Weavers, Lancashire Fabrics and T.Cross & Co.

The session includes a short tour of the exhibition, led by members of the curatorial team.

To book your free place please email Kerstin Doble: k.i.doble@leeds.ac.uk

See here for more information about the exhibition.

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