Legal challenge to Riesco sale withdrawn

Posted on: November 13, 2013 by

Campaigners seeking a judicial review of the decision of Croydon Council to sell 24 items from its Riesco collection have withdrawn their challenge owing to lack of funds.  The sale is now set to go ahead on later this month and is expected to raise around £14 million.  The Council has argued that the money raised from the sale will be used to provide investment for the future benefit of culture in Croydon.  However, the Museums Association has announced today that it would bar Croydon Council from future membership if it goes ahead with the sale in Hong Kong of the Chinese ceramics.  It is also likely to call upon Arts Council England to revoke Croydon’s status as an Accredited museum.