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Active Collections conference and workshops for V4 countries, 27–29 May 2018, Budapest

The Budapest Museum of Fine Arts was host to a three-day conference on Active Collections for the V4 group of countries – the Czech Republic,Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia.  Delegates from museums and departments of culture heard about new developments, participated in workshops and discussed the opportunities and challenges of using public collections.

Freda Matassa, ICOM UK member and Director of Matassa Toffolo Art Collections Management, presented a workshop on ‘Valuing your Collection: Issues, questions and some practical help’ based on her recent book.  She explained that assigning values to public collections is a controversial issue, and has often been undertaken reluctantly and with a lack of confidence. The workshop discussed the challenges of valuation and offered practical guidance.  Dr Tom Flynn, Director of Flynn & Giovani Art Provenance Research, co-presented, providing information on the art market and advice on how to assign values.

Other UK speakers at the conference were Hillary Bauer, also a member of ICOM UK; Katherine Richmond, Registrar at the Museum of London; and Kathleen Soriano.

Further information on the conference can be found at:

Freda Matassa