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The evening event will be at Corpus Christi College, with the September 22 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) lectures held at the Ashmolean Museum, given by senior keepers and curators of the collections.

They will include handling sessions and topics range from Old Master drawings and sketches to Japanese Meiji period arts.

Mr Toovey said: "We hope this will provide the opportunity for us to come together in an independent way, to discuss issues that affect us all and to engage with some high-quality, inexpensive CPD."

The Oxford Art & Antiques Conference is supported by ATG.

At £150 plus accommodation tickets are selling well, with over half already taken up.

For more details and an e-brochure email oxfordconferences@hotmail.co.uk