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Antiques Roadshow will rock up in Grantham this week

Fiona Bruce, Antiques Roadshow

Fiona Bruce, Antiques Roadshow

Antiques Roadshow, BBC1’s Sunday evening programme, will be filming for its 37th series in the grounds of Belton House on Thursday.

Some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and take along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot bargains for inspection by the experts.

The doors open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free.

Presenter Fiona Bruce said: “This will be my seventh year on the Antiques Roadshow and I still feel so lucky to be presenting the programme. Every week is different; a new location and thousands of new visitors.

“The only constant is the pleasure of the unexpected – we never know what will turn up, from the most fabulous Faberge to the most humble object with a riveting story.”

The last time that the Antiques Roadshow was in Grantham was in 1999 and its most recent visit to Lincolnshire was in 2003 when it was held in Boston.

Among the team of experts at Belton House will be Hilary Kay, Eric Knowles, Paul Atterbury, Bunny Campione and David Battie. Along with the other members of the team they will be on hand to offer free valuations and advice to visitors.

Series Editor Simon Shaw said: “As a television producer it’s a scary prospect when we turn up for a day’s filming and no knowledge of what might turn up. I often look at the queue first thing and say a quiet prayer that there really are interesting pieces in all those bags.

“Amazingly we still keep finding fascinating pieces – and some of the best aren’t necessarily the most valuable.”

During the ast series the Roadshow unearthed some amazing finds – memorabilia bought from the last survivor of the Titanic, a teapot once owned by Nelson and a Faberge Easter egg found in a job lot, which sold for £15,000.

Mr Shaw said: “We love meeting our viewers at Antiques Roadshows. And so many people tell us how much they enjoy the experience of meeting Fiona and the experts and seeing how the show is made. And, even 37 years later, the magic formula of surprising some lucky guests with exciting news about their treasure still seems to come true. So join us at Belton House. It might just be your day.”

 

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