Colette Keaveny completed an M.A. in Antiques and Collectables from the University of Central Lancashire in January 2017, gaining a distinction. Her dissertation focused on The Glasgow Style, an area on which surprisingly little new research or information exists.

The Glasgow Style study involved a methodological examination of subject literature, a review of public collections and inteviews with industry experts. Using a material culture methodology proposed by Jules David Prown over 50 objects by eminent Glasgow designers of the period were analysed and over 1,000 Glasgow Style related objects were collated in a series of Pinterest pages.

The results provide the Antiques Industry and design historians with a definitive list of the features typical of the, so called, Glasgow Style, a reasoned opinion as to their uniqueness in relation to other contemporary period styles and a checklist of authenticity that will help to prevent false claims and bring clarity to such an important period of Scottish design history.

Colette continues to pursue her interest and promote learning and information on the subject of The Glasgow Style and its objects and designers, through a twitter feed and website, The Glasgow Style.

She plans further research individual designers and their objects, the monograms, signatures and motifs and styled adopted.

In her day job, Colette has a background in strategic marketing management, with extensive experience in a variety of consumer and business-to-business marketing, branding, communication, customer retention and recruitment roles within the financial services industry at the Lloyds TSB Group where she was based for over ten years and at Glasgow City Council.

Last modified 15 January 2018