Dye and discovery – the invention of purple

Samples of dyed fabricsWhen someone thinks of the University of Portsmouth, it is hard not to think of “Corporate Purple”, a fundamental feature of our visual identity and a colour with cultural and psychological associations with luxury, creativity and dignity.  Perhaps surprisingly, purple pigments, relatively rare in nature, only entered into industrial manufacture during the last half of the Victorian Age, being first demonstrated at the Royal Institution by A. W. Hofmann in 1862.

Read more about the popular interpretation of colour and the invention of the purple dyes in London.

You can also borrow the book about inventing purple.

 

 

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