An Insight into United Turkey Red

United Turkey Red became one of the largest textile firms in the world in the 19th century, combining international trading techniques and advanced chemical developments in the design and promotion of quality fabrics and finishings. An insight into Turkey Red, its growth and legacies, will be provided at a Talk in Glasgow University Library on Tuesday 15th April at 7pm by Julie Wertz.

This is the latest in the annual series of Illustrated Talks presented by The Friends of Glasgow University Library and takes place in the McKenna Room, Library Level 7, followed by refreshments. Open to members and visitors.


Julie Wertz is a graduate in Chemistry and French from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and at Glasgow University is a postgraduate doctoral researcher in textiles, based in the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History
which is part of the School of Culture and Creative Arts.


The University Archives hold the business records of the United Turkey Red combine, which was an amalgam of companies in Glasgow and the West of Scotland, and is increasingly securing textile holdings for research and teaching purposes, and making use of collections elsewhere including the National Museums Scotland


A three-minute introduction to research in textile dyeing by Julie was recorded at the University in 2013 and can be seen on YouTube here.

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