Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan, Professor of Design History & Theory and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Creative & Cultural Industries will appear on an episode of BBC2’s Inside the Factory tonight (Tuesday 20 August) at 8pm:

Professor Sugg Ryan was interviewed by presenter and historian Ruth Goodman on the history of the mattress from its humble origins as a makeshift bed of leaves to the invention of the coil spring pocket.

The interview for Inside the Factory was filmed int he bedrooms at 18 Stafford Terrace in London, a Victorian townhouse owned by Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne and his wife Marion who decorated it in the fashionable ‘aesthetic’ style of the period including wallpaper by William Morris.

Professor Sugg Ryan said: “I am a great fan of BBC2’s Inside the Factory and was delighted to be asked to talk about the history of the mattress – an everyday object with a fascinating history that touches all of our lives.”