The Antiques Roadshow arrives at Belton House on Thursday, July 31, and it’s not too late to make sure any large items you may have can be seen by the experts.
If you would like an expert to cast their eye over any bulky items, send details and photographs of the objects to: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or e-mail them to: firstname.lastname@example.org. It may be possible to arrange to look at the item in advance and organise transportation to the venue.
In the Antiques Roadshow office the team is compiling a folder containing letters and emails from people in the area with furniture and large items too big to carry to the show. Items in the past have included paintings, large pots, bedsteads and even a military cannon. The weekend before the show two of the team will arrive in the area with the folder and visit as many of the people who have contacted the show as possible. Some of these people will have their items transported to the Roadshow by the team and a few lucky ones may end up being filmed on the day.
Among the team of experts at Belton House, near Grantham, on the day 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.
Fiona Bruce will be presenting the popular Sunday evening programme from Belton House, as part of its 37th series. The doors open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free.
Fiona 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...”
Ten Things you Need To Know About the Roadshow
1) Come prepared: At an outdoor Roadshow it could be wet and cold or hot and sunny and even indoor Roadshows can get very hot. Wear comfy shoes.
2) The doors open at 9.30am. You don’t need a ticket to attend. Entry is free. As long as you are in the main queue by 4.30pm you are guaranteed to see an expert.
3) Bring whatever items you want to know more about. It’s often the items that you think are worthless that are the most interesting. Don’t bring a whole teaset – just bring a cup and saucer, or even a drawer and photo of a piece of furniture
4) Look out for Fiona. Fiona Bruce will be filming pieces during the Roadshow day. She has a press call at 10am but otherwise may be seen around the venue either filming or chatting to the public.
5). If a specialist is interested in filming your item they will fill out a request slip. If the producer says “Yes” you will be given a timeslot and taken to the waiting room where you will find refreshments while you wait.
6) There have been five presenters of the Antiques Roadshow – Bruce Drake, Angela Rippon, Hugh Scully, Michael Aspel and Fiona Bruce.
7) The last time the Roadshow visited Grantham was in 1999 when it came to the Meres Leisure centre.
8) During the past 36 years there have been 702 programmes made at 534 different venues, the show has been abroad to 11 countries.
9) Often the Roadshow gets quieter in the afternoon – it might be a good idea to come after 2pm. Or, if you don’t have items for valuation, come after 4.30 and be part of the event – the filming goes on until 7pm.
10) The highest value item ever seen was a maquette of the Angel of the North valued at a million pounds at Gateshead in 2008.