New Croydon Council leadership seeks to repair relationship with Museums Association and Arts Council
It’s been hard these last few years to feel positive about the future of heritage and museums, so I though some good news deserved highlighting.
Last year the Conservative controlled Croydon Council decided to try and sell 24 Chinese ceramics from the Riesco Collection at Christie’s. The council had hoped that the part sale of the collection, bequeathed “in trust for the people of Croydon” in 1959, would raise over £13 million. In the end only 17 items sold, leaving the council with £6-7 million after auctioneer commission.
The Riesco gallery in Croydon Museum after the sale. Image © Andrew Smith