Nicholas Oddy

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Head of Department of Design History and Theory

Design History & Theory

Glasgow School of Art

Research Interests

19th&20th century commercial design, Cycling history, Road signage and politics, Metal Toy Industry, Collectors' Items and the culture that surrounds them

Research Profile

Born and brought up in Edinburgh, attended Edinburgh College of Art. BA(Hons) 1983 Ceramics, second subject Glass; Post Graduate Diploma 1984 Ceramics. Then went to Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum (Associates of the V&A Scholarship) for MA(RCA) History of Design 1986. Taught at Teesside Polytechnic and, with Sophie Forgan, set up BA(Hons) History of Design, Architecture and the Built Environment. Later Taught at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (Dundee) and joined GSA in the Department of Historical & Critical Studies in 1993. At various times have held consultancies for major auction rooms, notably Phillips (Cycles and Cycle Memorabilia) and Bonhams (Toys and Collectors' Items). Still active in these areas. Member of numerous collectors' societies, recently takenmore...

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot Watt University
PG Dip Edinburgh College of Art
MA (RCA) Royal College of Art /Victoria &Albert Museum
PG Cert Supervision, Glasgow School of Art/Glasgow University
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Latest Additions

  1. History, Tweed and the Invisible Bicycle

    Oddy, Nicholas (2018) History, Tweed and the Invisible Bicycle. In: The Invisible Bicycle. Brill, Leiden.
  2. Size, Then Gauge, Then Scale.Why did the principal manufacturers of model trains adopt 00 (1:76) in the UK and H0 (1:87) elsewhere, instead of something more logical?

    Oddy, Nicholas and Mangleson, Stuart (2018) Size, Then Gauge, Then Scale.Why did the principal manufacturers of model trains adopt 00 (1:76) in the UK and H0 (1:87) elsewhere, instead of something more logical? The Train Collector (46). pp. 11-23. ISSN 2516-0605
  3. British & Guaranteed

    Oddy, Nicholas (2017) British & Guaranteed. In: Retailing, Distribution and Reputation: Historical Perspectives, Tuesday 23 May 2017, University of Wolverhampton.
  4. Crossing No Gates

    Oddy, Nicholas (2017) Crossing No Gates. The Train Collector (44). pp. 21-25. ISSN 2516-0605
  5. Book Review: Material Goods, Moving Hands - Perceiving Production in England, 1700-1830 by Kate Smith

    Oddy, Nicholas (2016) Book Review: Material Goods, Moving Hands - Perceiving Production in England, 1700-1830 by Kate Smith. Visual Culture in Britain, 17 (2). pp. 238-241. ISSN 1471-4787
  6. Bicycle Histories: They have a past, but do they have a future

    Oddy, Nicholas (2016) Bicycle Histories: They have a past, but do they have a future. West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, 23 (1). pp. 125-130. ISSN 2153-5531
  7. Cycling Culture - A History

    Oddy, Nicholas (2011) Cycling Culture - A History. Under discussion . Reaktion, London.
  8. THE ROADSTER’S END

    Oddy, Nicholas (2011) THE ROADSTER’S END. In: Travel Identities, 20 and 21 September 2011, University of Lancaster.
  9. Legend, Myth and Fraud in Cycling Culture.

    Oddy, Nicholas (2012) Legend, Myth and Fraud in Cycling Culture. In: Cycle History. Proceedings of the International Cycling History Conference, 22 (22). Cycling History (Publishing) Ltd (Cylnig History & Educational Trust), Birmingham, pp. 224-228. ISBN 978-09573427-1-2
  10. LET BYGONES BE BYGONES

    Oddy, Nicholas (2012) LET BYGONES BE BYGONES. In: Cycle History. Proceedings of the International Cycling History Conference, 21 . Cycling History & Educational Trust, Birmingham, pp. 172-178. ISBN 978-0-9573427-0-5