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Clive Taylor

Associate Lecturer in Antiques (eMA)
School of Arts and Media
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Clive has over 20 years’ experience in the antiques industry, he is a Fellow of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers, a member of the Furniture History Society and an expert in the field of Georgian period mechanical and metamorphic furniture. He takes a keen interest in the UK and European decorative arts market and his work has been quoted and published in several business and academic articles and journals. He maintains his knowledge of antiques by researching, identifying and valuing items on a daily basis and he is a regular guest speaker on the subject. Alongside his career in the arts Clive also provides international business management and consulting services where he has held the position of Senior Vice President of a US-based information technology research company and has served as a Non-Executive Director of the UK’s National Health Service

Clive tutors MA Antiques students at the University of Central Lancashire. This is a part-time, distance learning course delivered via the internet with weekly video calls. Most of Clive's students either work in the Antiques industry (e.g. auctioneers, dealers, museum curators and gallery managers) or they have a keen interest in the topic (e.g. valuers, collectors and connoisseurs). With over 10 years of teaching experience in the subject of Clive has supported almost 100 students across a wide range of topics including Masonic Furniture, Lover's Eye Jewellery, German Poster Design and 20th Century Toys. Many of his students live outside of the UK, in Australia, USA, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Spain but, as Clive says, "the MA Antiques course is designed to support part-time, remote learning and there is no need to visit the university campus". Since its inception in 2003 our MA Antiques course has become well-known in the industry and Clive has been invited to share his experience by reviewing and validate other decorative arts courses. We have also developed an active alumni group who meet to explore local exhibitions and exchange views on topics of interest.

Clive's first degree in engineering together with his life-long interest in history led naturally to his fascination with designed and manufactured objects of the past. In December 2009 he completed the MA Antiques course at the University of Central Lancashire and, graduating with distinction, he was asked if he would like to become an Associate Lecturer for the course. Clive's specialisation centres on the mechanical and metamorphic furniture of the mid to late 18th century and his research into the topic has been published and widely read in the antique furniture trade. Within the antiques industry Clive is also a Senior Valuer at Elstob & Elstob, an auction house based in the north east of England. In this role he is often asked to identify, attribute and value a variety of antiques including jewellery, silverware and ceramics even though furniture remains his topic of choice. Before studying for a Master of Arts degree, Clive was Senior Vice President and Head of International Operations for Gartner Inc. the world's largest Information Technology Research Company. In this role he was responsible for developing the world-wide distribution strategy for the firm. Within the Information Technology industry Clive was also an authority on finance and benchmarking helping large organisations to optimise their investments in computing. Clive also spent 3 years as a board member of the National Health Service before settling for a career in antiques. In 2018 Clive became a Fellow of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers.

  • M.A. (Distinction) Antiques, University of Central Lancashire, 2009
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Engineering, University of Aston in Birmingham, 1977
  • Campaign Furniture: The Relationship with Georgian Period Mechanical & Metamorphic Furniture
  • Iconic 20th Century Design: Murano Glass Aquarium Blocks
  • Engaging with Antiques: Objects Relating to Admiral Lord Nelson
  • Curating a Collection: The Virtual Museum
  • Senior Valuer for Elstob & Elstob Auctioneers Ltd.
  • Fellow of the National Association of Valuers & Auctioneers
  • Director of Parbold Antiques Ltd.
  • Director of Southport Auctions Ltd.
  • Director of Insight for Action Ltd.