Obituary: Anna Plowden

Anna Plowden was one of the foremost object conservators of her generation and made significant contributions to the techniques and practice of conservation. Her interest was not contained to her own business, but also extended into membership of the Board of Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum and of various advisory bodies in the field of conservation.

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I've no moral qualms, says antiques dealer

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Fine art of buying antiques

Collect to invest: Go for pleasure, not profit, says John Andrew

Bring out your junk: it could be a star

TV is in the grip of antiques mania, reports Louise Jury

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Certain things up in smoke

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Theft gangs target church furniture

Criminals are targeting churches and stealing valuable furniture, which they sell in antiques markets and shops in Britain and overseas, the police said yesterday.
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