BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow Visits RAF Marham
BBC One’s ever popular Sunday evening programme Antiques Roadshow will be filming for its 35th series at RAF Marham, near Swaffham, on Wednesday, 23rd May, 2012. The doors open at 9.30 am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free.
This will be presenter Fiona Bruce’s fifth year with the Roadshow and she says, “Presenting the Antiques Roadshow is, for me, one of those rare and very lucky coincidences in television when you get to work on a show that you already love to watch. Exploring the human story behind every object is what makes Antiques Roadshow so fascinating. And everyone loves the agony and ecstasy of the ‘what’s it worth? moment. The AR isn’t just about antiques – it’s history, beauty and drama all wrapped up in one.’
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 Email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org. It may be possible to arrange to look at the item in advance and organise transportation to the venue.
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 says: “The team are all looking forward to visiting RAF Marham. It’s always exciting to see what will come to light on the day. We regularly see between 1,500 and 2,000 visitors on the day. Despite the high turnout everyone will get to see an expert.”
Wing Commander Stephen Dharamraj, OC Base Support Wing at RAF Marham said: “We are very pleased to be hosting the BBC Antiques Roadshow here at RAF Marham. After an exceptionally busy 2011, supporting operations in both Afghanistan and Libya it will be a great chance for our community to enjoy this wonderful event. This year is also the centenary of No II (Army Co-operation) Squadron, the oldest fixed wing squadron in the world, so it has never been a more fitting time to welcome the BBC’s team of valuers to look at some of the Royal Air Force’s artefacts and for us to be able to showcase some of our heritage, as well of course as giving the public a rare glimpse of a busy military operating base”. More information can be found at: www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow
Access to the Antiques Road Show will be through Crash gate 5. Personnel not intending to visit the show must use the Main Gate to access their workplace, as the internal roads will be for emergency vehicles and routine traffic only. There will be no access to the Antiques Road Show through the Main Gate.
Personnel should be aware that queuing time will be extensive (up to five hours) so those families who need to do school runs should plan for this, as getting off the show site will also take time.
Only personnel with items to be valued should attend as the site is very small and there is limited space for onlookers. In addition parking space is at a premium.