Antiques Roadshow to pull up to Salisbury Cathedral

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Published by Spire FM News at 10:00am 22nd February 2019. (Updated at 10:59am 22nd February 2019)

The BBC's popular TV show will be filmed in the city this May.

So, if you think you might have a missing masterpiece in your attic, or an heirloom you've always wanted valuing, then it's time to dust them off.

The Roadshow - hosted by Fiona Bruce - brings together a team of the country's leading authorities on arts and antiques to offer free valuations.

Each event attracts around 4,000 people, with around 15,000 items valued - only about 60 of those get filmed for the two shows made at each location.

Dean of Salisbury Cathedral, Nick Papadopolous, can't wait:

"It should be a spectacular day out for everyone.

I hope the sun will shine. The tents will be out on the west front, on the lawns of the Cathedral.

So, a glorious backdrop, as we know, the loveliest cathedral in the whole of England."

Last year the specialists discovered unseen masterpieces by Mexican artist Diego Rivera worth £100,000, jewels from the Titanic and a unique Brooklyn Dodgers baseball with a value as extraordinary as its story.

Or maybe you could be the lucky owner of a £1 million egg!:

The Dean, Nick Papadopolous, says they might even have some hidden treasure:

"We've got some quite big attics here at the Cathedral, so you never know what we might find.

But I tell you one thing, we won't be asking for a price on the Magna Carta!"

Antiques Roadshow is one of the BBC's most popular factual programmes and around six million people regularly watch on Sunday evenings. 

Fiona Bruce has presented the show for the past 12 years:

"We are never short of people bringing along items that tell a hell of a story, which can be very exciting, poignant or funny, sometimes, all three. Or it can tell us something about ourselves.

Even after all these years people still have the most amazing things tucked away in their attics and garages and I can't wait to see what they pull out of their bags and trolleys in 2019."

WHEN?

This year the Roadshow will be at Salisbury Cathedral on Tuesday 14 May.

It's the first time the show's been filmed here since 1990.

Salisbury Cathedral - October 2017 (Mike Draper) (1)
We'll be able to take our hidden treasures for valuation at Salisbury Cathedral this May

Robert Murphy, the series producer of Antiques Roadshow, said:

"We're thrilled to be bringing the Roadshow to Salisbury and we can't wait to see what treasures and cherished objects will emerge from the attic!

It's a free, entertaining family day out and a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and be a part of one of the BBC's most popular programmes.

Our team of experts are on hand to help visitors discover the hidden history of their objects - you never know, it might just be your item that turns out to be something very special… and potentially very valuable!"

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Entry to the Roadshow is free, everyone is welcome, and no tickets or pre-registration is required.

You can just turn up on the day, but if you want to share a story about an item email shareyourstory@bbc.co.uk with your name, address, telephone number, a description of the item and how you come to own it and a photo.

The BBC does warn that they cannot consider any submissions without this information.

Alternatively, write to Antiques Roadshow, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR.

Or go to the Antiques Roadshow website for more information.

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