IT’S time to ransack the attic and dig out those family heirlooms – the Antiques Roadshow is coming to town. The popular BBC1 Sunday evening programme will be filming for its 36th series in the grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in July.
Presenter Fiona Bruce will be there with some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists, who offer free advice and valuations to visitors.
Programme organisers said members of the public were welcome to bring along their precious objects, household treasures and car boot bargains for inspection by the experts.
The roadshow typically attracts crowds of between 2000 and 3000 people. On a previous occasion, when the programme came to film at Hopetoun House, near South Queensferry, police stopped people coming to the roadshow because the queue of cars was blocking the road near the Forth Road Bridge. It was the first time the show had to close early.
Fiona Bruce said: “This will be my sixth year on the Antiques Roadshow and I still feel so lucky to be presenting the programme. Every week is different, a new location and thousands of new visitors.
“The only constant is the pleasure of the unexpected – we never know what will turn up, from the most fabulous Faberge to the most humble object with a riveting story.”
The experts joining her at the gallery in Belford Road are expected to include jewellery specialist Geoffrey Munn, art and design expert Paul Atterbury, dolls enthusiast Hilary Kay, Japanese ceramics specialist Lars Tharp and collector Judith Miller.
Series editor Simon Shaw said: “Fiona and the team are really looking forward to their visit.
“Although we can never predict what will come to light, every show brings big surprises, which is what makes working on the show so exciting. So, on behalf of all of the experts, we’re asking the people of Edinburgh to dig out your treasures.”
Gallery director Simon Groom said: “We’re delighted that BBC Antiques Roadshow is headed to the National Galleries. The Modern Art Gallery grounds are a beautiful setting with a range of modern and contemporary sculpture.”
Filming will take place on Thursday, July 11. Entry to the show is free. The doors open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm.
Anyone in the queue by 4.30pm will be guaranteed to see an expert.
25p bowl worth £6k
The highest valued item which appeared on the Antiques Roadshow was a maquette of the Angel of the North valued at
A painting of cats, bought at a car boot sale for 50p, was identified as the work of 18th-century Belgian artist Henrietta Ronner, the “queen of cat painters”, valued at a minimum of £15,000 and later auctioned for £22,000.
A blue-and-white bowl bought in a junk shop for 25p turned out to be an 18th-century delft ware ‘bleeding bowl’ worth up to £6000.