Short CV/Education and training


  • 1973 – 1976
    University of London, University College, First Class Honours History/ History of Art

  • 1976 – 1977
    University of Manchester, Postgraduate Diploma in Art Gallery and Museum Studies

Employment history:

  • 1977 – 1983
    Assistant Keeper, Mackintosh Collection and Exhibitions Officer, University of Glasgow

  • 1983 – 1998
    Curator, Mackintosh and Scottish Collections, University of Glasgow

  • 1992 – 1997
    Guest co-curator for Glasgow Museums' exhibition "Charles Rennie Mackintosh"

  • Since 1998
    Senior Curator, Hunterian Art Gallery, Mackintosh and Whistler Collections, University of Glasgow

  • 2000
    Awarded a Readership, University of Glasgow

  • 2003
    Appointed Professor of Mackintosh Studies, University of Glasgow

Selected publications


  • Doves and Dreams: The Art of Frances Macdonald and J. Herbert McNair, Lund Humphries, London, 2006; 192pp. (editor and principal contributor)

  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh in France, National Galleries of Scotland, 2005; 120pp. (with Philip Long)

  • The Chronycle: The Letters of Charles Rennie Mackintosh to Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh 1927, Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, 2001; 112 pp.

  • The Mackintosh House, Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, 1998; 80pp.

  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Art is the Flower Pavilion Books, London and Abrams, New York, 1994; 112 pp.

  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh: The Architectural Papers (ed.), White Cockade Publishing, Wendlebury, 1990; 240 pp.


  • Contributor: 'Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh: The Seven Princesses' in Ein Moderner Nachmittag (ed. Hanna Egger), Vienna: Bohlau Press for the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, 2000; pp. 41-78

  • Contributor: 'The Making of a Painter' in Charles Rennie Mackintosh (ed. Wendy Kaplan), Glasgow Museums and Abbéville Press, New York, 1996; pp. 390-418

  • Co-author: 'Il Sezzione Scozzese [The Scottish Section]' (with Juliet Kinchin) in Torino 1902, Fabbri Editori, Milan, 1994; pp. 530-45

Hunterian Art Gallery catalogues:

  • 'Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh' 1983

Selected projects

  • Development and management of a city-wide Glasgow Mackintosh Festival, 2006

  • Development and successful delivery of a refurbishment and development project for Queen's Cross Church, Glasgow, 2003 – 2006

  • Development and management of a major programme of events, 'Whistler 2003', to mark the centenary of the death of James McNeill Whistler, 2000 – 2003; initiation of a city-wide festival, winner of Museum and Galleries Heritage Award for Excellence UK 2004 for Marketing

  • Curation of Glasgow Museums' award-winning exhibition 'Charles Rennie Mackintosh', shown in Glasgow and touring to The Metropolitan Museum, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; and Los Angeles County Museum, 1996 – 1997

  • Development and delivery of the Hunterian's events for the Garden Festival, 1988, European City of Culture, 1990, and City of Architecture and Design, 1999

  • Development of high-quality commercial Mackintosh merchandise with an international range of manufacturers including Cassina spa, Milan; Boxelder Inc., USA; Bute Fabrics, Scotland; Graphique de France, USA; The Metropolitan Museum, New York; and Sabattini Argenteria, Italy

  • Preparation of the interiors of The Mackintosh House for public display, 1977 – 1981

Membership in scientific bodies/juries


  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Council, since 2014

  • Interiors and Collections Advisory Panel, National Trust for Scotland, since 2001

  • Glasgow University representative, Mackintosh Heritage Liaison Group, since 1983 (Chair, 1999 – 2001); and Mackintosh Heritage Group

  • Member, Editorial Board, Scottish Society for Art History, since 1999

  • Scottish Drawings Working Group, RIAS, since 1992


  • Research Committee, History of Art, University of Glasgow, 2005 – 2010

  • Governor, The Glasgow School of Art, 2004 – 2010

  • Member, MLA's Reviewing Committee for the Export of Works of Art 2004 – 2010

  • Chair, Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, 2003 – 2006

  • Curatorial Committee, 78 Derngate Trust, Northampton, 2000 – 2004

  • Member, Historic Buildings Council, Scotland, 1998 – 2002 (invited to serve 2 terms)

  • Observer, on behalf of the Historic Buildings Council, on the Board of the Glasgow West Conservation Trust, 1999 – 2002

  • Scottish Arts Council Exhibition Panel, 1983 – 1986

  • Saltire Society, Planning and Amenity Committee, 1982 – 1986

  • Glasgow Society of Women Artists, 1982 – 1986

  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Council, 1978 – 1986; 1990 – 1993; 2000 – 2002


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