BBC’s Antique Roadshow is coming to Eltham Palace this summer, writes Laura Burgoine….
The BBC One programme is filming at the grounds of the English Heritage art deco palace for its 41st series, on Sunday 10 June.
Fiona Bruce and the team of Antiques Roadshow experts are calling on locals to dust off their family heirlooms, raid their attics, and dig out their car boot bargains to bring along for free advice and valuations.
Last year, the programme celebrated four decades on the road with some amazing finds, including the most valuable Faberge ever seen on the programme, and a correction to Darwin’s theory of evolution by the great man himself.
Chris Small, English Heritage’s Property Manager at Eltham Palace, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming the Antiques Roadshow to Eltham Palace this summer and I can’t wait to see what hidden treasures visitors will bring along on the day.”
The moated medieval Eltham Palace was once the childhood home of Henry VIII. The property was transformed into a showpiece of Art Deco design and cutting-edge technology back in the 1930s by its glamorous millionaire owners Stephen and Virginia Courtauld. The property is now in the care of English Heritage and boasts 19 acres of beautiful gardens.
Robert Murphy, series producer of Antiques Roadshow, said “We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors when we bring Antiques Roadshow to Eltham Palace and Gardens. It’s a stunning backdrop for a Sunday show and we’d love to see cherished objects and hear personal stories from the people of south-east London and beyond.”
“It’s a great free, family day out and you can see how we make one of BBC One’s most popular programmes.”
Doors to the event on Sunday 10 June open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free, everyone is welcome, and no tickets or pre-registration is required. More information, frequently asked questions and parking information can be found at: www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow or on the show’s Facebook page.
For more information about Eltham Palace and its opening times, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/eltham.