Connecting with Natural Colour: Dyeing Workshop

Discover how nature can provide colour in our lives. Join us as we forage and use local dye plants to colour fabrics, and decorate your very own tote bag to take home.

Artist Kate Turnbull will be guiding you through this day-long workshop. We'll begin with picking our own plants in University Gardens, dyeing fabric samples in the colour lab at the Museum, and applying the results of your experiments to a dodo tote bag, which you'll be able to take home.

Tickets cost £70 for an adult and £60 for a student (proof of studentship required). Make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.


Important information

Please note that the workshop includes a walk from the Museum to University Parks and back, and a walk around the park.

Participants are invited to bring their own packed lunch. There is also Museum café on-site and a number of food providers within a 10-minute walk.

Find out more about our latest exhibition and other exhibition events: Connected Planet.

About the tutor

Kate is an Oxford-based artist, textile designer, and teacher inspired by traditional botanical illustrations and herbarium collections.

Accessibility information


Wheelchair accessible?


Hearing loops?





Yes - but please make your own arrangements for lunch

Flashing lights?


Loud noises?



For more information, please visit our accessibility webpage, or contact Kelly Richards.




Artist Kate Turnbull in her dyeing workshop
Labelled swatches of fabric dyed with different plants including onions, cherry blossoms, and ferns
Fabric being boiled in a saucepan with leaves to create a natural dye
Swatches of fabric that have been dyed red, yellow, green, and purple using natural dyes