Exeter Cathedral welcomed thousands of visitors recently, as the Antiques Roadshow team spent the day there.
Presenter Fiona Bruce and experts Hilary Kay, Eric Knowles and Henry Sandon were all available to chat to visitors about their treasures and antiques. The experts gave valuations on a variety of items, including jewellery, books and swords.
People lined the Cathedral Green armed with antiques and collectibles, waiting for a valuation from the experts. Some wanted to know more about their items, while others knew the exact history of the pieces.
One lady had brought along what is believed to be the storyboard of the first TV advertisement, which was aired in 1955 on ITV. Around 5,000 people turned up at the filming, although some didn’t get the opportunity to meet the popular TV show team. A number of visitors spent time looking round the Exeter Cathedral which takes part in Heritage Open Days.
Exeter was host to the Antiques Roadshow in 1981, with a second appearance in 1993. In 2007, the TV show was filmed in nearby Exmouth. According to the editor of the TV series, Simon Shaw, the team still worry about whether anyone will bring along any items of interest to be filmed. He did admit, however, that it isn’t always the valuable items which are most interesting.
Antique furniture pieces often have interesting back-stories, although the items may not be overly expensive. It is, for example, possible to discover antique bookcases at reasonable prices by visiting a reputable dealer.
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