BBC Antiques Roadshow comes to the British Museum on 2nd September

Backdated from previous BA website

BBC Antiques Roadshow comes to the British Museum on 2nd September

Rare visit to central London by the BBC Antiques Roadshow takes place on Thursday 2nd September at The British Museum. Entry is free. See our previous news item for more info….

Last time the Antiques Roadshow visited London was 2010 when it was held in the Painted Hall at Greenwich.  Among the items filmed was a large drinking glass passed down through the family which turned out to be late 18th century and worth £3,000, a Russian gold and enamel box valued at £10,000 and a set of medals one of which was worth £35,000.So the team are looking forward to their visit to the British Museum on Thursday 2nd September in the hope that similar treasures will turn up.

There was also a marble bust of the Emperor Hadrian which had been used as a hat stand and was valued at £3000 and of course a painting by Sir William Orpen which the owner thought was a copy and was valued at £20,000 to £30,000 but which subsequent research  revealed to be an original and one of the highest valued paintings ever on the Roadshow at  £250,000.

These items would have been brought to the show as part of the Roadshow’s furniture round. Back in the office the team are 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.

It’s not too late to contact the Roadshow if you do have any large items that you would like valued. Send details and photographs of the objects to: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or e-mail them to:  It may be possible to arrange to look at the item in advance and organise transportation to the venue.

Among the team of experts at British Museum on the day will be Hilary Kay, Henry Sandon, David Battie, Paul Atterbury and Eric Knowles. Along with the other members of the team they will be on hand to offer free valuations and advice to visitors. The doors are open from 9.30 until 4.30 and entry to the event is free.

NB – there will be a press/photo call with Fiona Bruce between 10.00 and 10.30 at the venue

Series Editor Simon Shaw says: “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.”

Often, customers start queuing early – some years ago in Northallerton, a gentleman began a lonely vigil at midnight to ensure that he was first through the doors. On several occasions the Roadshow crew have found visitors sleeping in their cars outside a venue, having driven long distances with their valuables the night before, and ‘camping out’ in the car park to ensure a good position. During the 21st series, one couple even flew in from New Zealand with a brooch to be seen: it was with great reluctance that the expert had to tell them its value did not match the price of their air tickets.

For further information PRESS can contact:

Olwen Gillespie, Antiques Roadshow,    tel: 0117 974 7507
email:          mobile: 07850 691680

issued : 18 August 2010

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 10.00 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) If you have large or heavy items : the Roadshow may be able to help you bring these to the venue. Send details of the objects to: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or e-mail them to: The Roadshow team will try and visit you the weekend before the Roadshow.

8) During the past 33 years there have been 592 programmes made at 479 different venues and 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.

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. Before that it was a collection of Mayoral silver at Arundel Castle in 2006 which was valued at £300,000.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s