Britain’s Sunday night family favourite, the Antiques Roadshow, returns to film its 37th series this summer with its East Midlands leg calling at Corby in Northamptonshire on Thursday 5th June. The valuation day offers visitors the opportunity to admire a treasure chest of antiques in the grand setting of the stately Kirby Hall.
The familiar theme tune of the Antiques Roadshow has been gracing our living rooms since it first aired in 1979. Over the last 37 years its team of experts, now lead by presenter Fiona Bruce, have uncovered treasures from the quaintly charming to the highly valuable on their countrywide roadshow tours. The most notable piece of value was discovered in 2008 when an original scale model was brought in of the Antony Gormley sculpture, the Angel of the North. The model was estimated to be worth £1 million by art dealer and historian Philip Mould. Among the many highly valuable items found over the years lies a wealth of antiques with an interesting history over a price tag. Pieces that offer a unique snapshot of the past or an intriguing backstory are often among the experts favourite finds. Artefacts that demonstrate a strong link to the roadshow location are also often featured in the airing of the programme and guests are encouraged to bring along anything they feel to be of worth for expert examination.
The setting for the Northampton leg of this years Antiques Roadshow is the English Heritage site of Kirby Hall. This beautiful Elizabethan country house stands on its grand estate just outside the town of Corby. With major sections of the building being roofless, the house is regarded as being in a state of ‘semi-ruin’, though thanks to English Heritage management, the Great Hall and many of its surrounding rooms have been restored to their authentic magnificence. The accompanying gardens have also recently been restored, featuring an elegant cutwork finish and stately ornamentation. Both the house and its grounds provide the perfect setting for an exploration of the East Midlands antiques heritage.
Entry to the roadshow valuation day is free with the event running from 9:30am. The days filming will continue until around 7pm, though anyone wishing to have an item valued must register and join the relevant queue before 4:30pm. Visitors with particularly large items are advised to contact the roadshow beforehand with relevant details. More information can be found on the official BBC website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mj2y