Large items needed for BBC’s Antiques Roadshow visit

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BBC television programme Antiques Roadshow is reminding people it will be in Eastbourne next week and is appealing for residents to get in touch with large items they want valuing.

The last time that the Antiques Roadshow was held in Eastbourne was in 1983. There were some exciting finds filmed that day including a late 19th century gold repeater watch made by an eminent watchmaker, a painting of horses by J F Herring worth £6,000, Chinese furniture worth £10,000 and a Derby dessert service valued at over £7,000.

So, it’s not surprising that the team are looking forward to their return visit to Eastbourne Bandstand, Thursday next week (May 23).

Preparations for the show are underway and 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 email them to: antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk.

Experts on the day will be David Battie, Geoffrey Munn and Judith Miller. Presenter Fiona Bruce will also be down at the bandstand.

The doors are open from 9.30am until 4.30pm and entry to the event is free.
Visitors are expected to queue early for the show.