Antiques Roadshow coming to Stowe House

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BBC ONE’s ever popular Sunday evening programme Antiques Roadshow will be filming for its 35th series in the grounds of Stowe House, near Buckingham, on Thursday, 19th July.

The doors open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free.

Some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot bargains for inspection by the experts.

People with large pieces of furniture or other big items can send details and photographs of their objects to: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or e-mail them to: antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk. It may be possible to arrange to look at the item in advance and organise transportation to the venue.

And will the Roadshow attract back some of the “Lost Treasures of Stowe”? It’s over 150 years since Stowe House was stripped of its contents. The Roadshow team and Stowe House would be delighted if visitors on the day bring along some of these lost treasures.

For more information visit www.stowetreasures.org.

The last series, watched by an average of six million viewers, included some amazing finds such as a painting by Rolf Harris bought for £50 and valued at £50,000, a beer flagon made from Oliver Cromwell’s horse, the medical chest taken on Shackleton’s 1914 expedition to the Antarctic and a toilet roll which was rejected by the Beatles at the Abbey Road Studios.

Series Editor Simon Shaw said: “The team are all looking forward to visiting Stowe House. It’s always exciting to see what will come to light on the day. We regularly see between 1500 and 2000 visitors on the day. Despite the high turnout everyone will get to see an expert.”

More information can be found at: www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow