Two of the antiques experts who regularly appear on the popular TV programme Antiques Roadshow will soon be helping to raise money for the Friends of St Helen’s Church in Wheathampstead. Rupert Powell and Eric Knowles will be paying a visit to St Helen’s Church to give appraisals of valued objects and offer advice to those who bring along their treasures.
During the antiques appraisal event, Eric Knowles will be talking to guests while providing a few tips about antiques. The event, which takes place on 10th September, was organised by Jane Anderson, who provides valuations of fine art. Rupert Powell specialises in books and manuscripts, but will also be appraising jewellery, china, clocks, glass and watches. Ruth Coles, chairperson of the Friends, said of Jane Anderson:
“Her contacts and her professional expertise are invaluable and will ensure that this is another exciting event.”
Valuations will take place during the afternoon, while a raffle, stalls, displays of antiques and collectibles and a competition are planned. The Friends of St Helen’s Church is a registered charity and has been able to give £230,000 during the last five years towards essential repairs and building costs of the church.
Professionals working in the antiques trade often specialise in a particular field, while still being able to give advice on most antiques – particularly items that remain useful today, such as antique chests, tables and bookcases. Lancashire has a number of antiques dealers with a sound knowledge of antique furniture.
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