Antiques featured on Victoria Wood’s BBC comedy series Acorn Antiques have been donated to the museum at Kiplin Hall, North Yorkshire.
Acorn Antiques starred and was written by Victoria Wood. The series was broadcast in the 1980s and was a parody of television soap operas, and it was also made into a popular musical theatre production. Victorian pans, pots and utensils that were hired out for use on the set were owned by Annie Marchant, an antique dealer, who passed away in 2020.
The director of Kiplin Hall and Garden, James Etherington, stated:
“We are very grateful to become the new home for Annie Marchant’s impressive collection.”
Kiplin Hall is located near Catterick in North Yorkshire and houses a collection of antique furniture and art that was owned by families who have lived in Kiplin during the last 400 years.
The Annie Marchant collection will be used to explore stories about the lives of the people who lived and worked at Kiplin Hall.
Annie Marchant wished for her collection to be donated to a museum upon her death, and Kiplin Hall successfully applied to house it. Marchant also left a sum of money, which the hall is using to employ a new staff member who is arranging an exhibition of the antiques.
Late Victorian furniture is popular amongst customers of Lancashire antique dealers because it is well-made and elegantly designed. It’s perhaps unlikely to find Victorian items for sale that have been made famous by appearing in popular television programs, however.
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