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Antique experts value heirlooms

PLEASE HOLD FOR CHRISTMAS STOCK....   Wentworth Woodhouse near Rotherham
See Story Martin Slack Picture by Chris Lawton
5 Dec 2011

PLEASE HOLD FOR CHRISTMAS STOCK.... Wentworth Woodhouse near Rotherham See Story Martin Slack Picture by Chris Lawton 5 Dec 2011

DO you have a mysterious family heirloom gathering dust in your house?

Well now’s your chance to unlock the secrets it holds once and for all.

BBC1’s Antiques Roadshow is heading to South Yorkshire later this year when its team of experts will be visiting the famous Wentworth Woodhouse estate.

The long-running TV favourite – headed by presenter Fiona Bruce – will be filming at the Grade I listed stately home, in Rotherham, on September 19 – and more than 2,000 people are expected to take along their most treasured items for analysis.

“The BBC wrote us a letter more or less inviting themselves along,” said Wentworth Woodhouse estate manager Tom McWilliams, who collects vintage fishing tackle and is planning on having some items valued while the experts are in town.

“We’re all such big fans of the show and are really looking forward to having them here.”

Retired architect Clifford Newbold, who owns Wentworth Woodhouse, last year revealed plans to revive the property as a hotel spa and museum.

As part of the BBC show, presenter Fiona Bruce will take a tour of the stately home and hear details of what they have in store.

Tom added: “We’re excited to show Fiona around and tell her all about our plans for the house.

“The response since we opened it up to the public last year has just been overwhelming.

“We’ve had visitors from all over the world.”

Admission to the valuation day is expected between 9.30am and 4.30pm, with filming expected to continue until around 7pm.

Anyone with a large piece of furniture or other big item can send details and photographs to the Antiques Roadshow beforehand, who may be able to arrange to look at the item in advance and organise transportation to the venue.

n For more information, or to find out how you can get involved, visit BBC Antiques Roadshow

 

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