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250 years ago William Cookworthy was awarded a patent for producing an English true hard-paste porcelain similar to that being produced in China and Germany. Curator of Chemistry Sophie Waring explores more.

Silk skirt and blouse dyed with Sir William Henry Perkin's Mauve Aniline Dye.

To celebrate 180 years since the birth of William Perkin, we explore the items in the collections linked to his most famous invention: mauveine.

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