Kathryn Raeburn McClure

(Known as: Katie)

  • PhD Candidate (History of Art)

email: k.mcclure.1@research.gla.ac.uk


ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3422-1165

Research title: Synthetic Caledon textile dyes: development of analytical protocols for identification and colour preservation in heritage collections

Research Summary


My research interests are in the use of chemical analysis for the identification and preservation of historic textile dyes in heritage collections.

My current project considers the synthetic Caledon textile dyes, developed in Grangemouth in the 1910s. This work aims to:

  • develop scientific methods for the identification of the Caledon dyes in heritage collections
  • understand the conditions needed to preserve the colours of the Caledon dyes on historical objects
  • explore the cultural and scientific significance of the development of the Caledon dyes in the early 20th century. 

My previous research at Sapienza University focussed on:

  • Development of new extraction protocols for natural and synthetic historical textile dyes.
  • Identification of synthetic textile dyes using Raman spectroscopy. 


PhD (2021 - 2025):

  • Full scholarship provided by the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) (2021 - 2025)
  • Research support grant award provided by The Cross Trust (2021)
  • Research support grant award provided by the Scottish International Education Trust (2021)

MSc (2018 - 2020):

Funded by grants from:

  • The Cross Trust (2019, 2018)
  • Italian Government Scholarship (2019)
  • Prestwick Rotary Club (2019, 2018)
  • Captain F.G. Boot Travel Scholarship (2019)
  • McGlashan Charitable Trust (2019)
  • The Acorn Charitable Trust (2018)
  • The Chizel Educational Trust (2018)
  • Women's Careers Foundation (2018)


Graduate Teaching Assistant for Student Learning Development (2022 - 2023)

Additional Information

Academic Background:

  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry (University of Glasgow)
  • MSc Archaeological Materials Science (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master (ARCHMAT) - Sapienza University of Rome, University of Evora, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Professional Memberships:

  • Institute of Conservation
  • Royal Society of Chemistry

Other Activities:

  • Runner Up in the University of Glasgow 2022 Visualise Your Thesis competition
  • Finalist in the University of Glasgow 2022 3 Minute Thesis competition