Newstead Abbey ready to greet ‘Antiques Roadshow’

HEADING FOR THE ABBEY -- Fiona Bruce, presenter of 'Antiques Roadshow'
HEADING FOR THE ABBEY -- Fiona Bruce, presenter of 'Antiques Roadshow'
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BBC TV’s ever-popular Sunday evening programme, ‘Antiques Roadshow’, is only two weeks away from a broadcast in the Dispatch district.

For the show is to be filmed in the grounds of Newstead Abbey (pictured) on Thursday June 14 as part of its 35th series. The doors open at 9.30 am and close at 4.30 pm. Entry is free.

This will be presenter Fiona Bruce’s fifth year with the programme, and she says: “Presenting ‘Antiques Roadshow’ is one of those rare and very lucky coincidences in television when you get to work on a show that you already love to watch.

“Exploring the human story behind every object is what makes ‘Antiques Roadshow’ so fascinating. And everyone loves the agony and ecstasy of the ‘what’s it worth moment’. The show isn’t just about antiques. It’s history, beauty and drama all wrapped up in one.”

Some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand at the abbey 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.

People with large pieces of furniture or other big items can send details and photographs of their objects to: ‘Antiques Roadshow’, BBC TV, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or e-mail them to antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk. It may be possible to arrange to look at the item in advance and organise transportation to the venue.

Series editor Simon Shaw says: “The team are all looking forward to visiting Newstead Abbey. It’s always exciting to see what will come to light on the day. We regularly see between 1,500 and 2,000 visitors on the day. Despite the high turnout, everyone will get to see an expert.”