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August 11, 2011 - Filed under: Antiques on TV,Victorian Dining Chairs — Harriet

The restoration of a 500 year old property, Avebury Manor in Wiltshire is the subject of a collaboration between the National Trust and the BBC. The four part series is to be called ‘To the Manor Reborn’ and will be presented by Penelope Keith and Paul Martin.

The refurbishment will cover a 500 year period, from Elizabeth I to the start of the Second World War. Work will be carried out by experts, historians and volunteers who will carry out an array of furniture making and craft skills to create a home. The National Trust property will be open to the public, and will allow everyone to experience the house fully, by being able to touch and explore each aspect of the house.

The Victorian kitchen garden will embrace four periods of history; Tudor, Victorian, Georgian and 20th Century. Experts will be joined by volunteers, many of whom are skilled craftsmen and experts in restoration. Antique furniture, like the Victorian dining chairs will be either recreated by skilled craftsmen or expertly restored. All the furniture will be fit for use, and the restoration and skilled creation of antique furniture will be captured on camera, for the enjoyment of all viewers.

The Museums and Collections director for the National Trust, Sarah Staniforth said:

“The National Trust is delighted to partner with the BBC in this exciting series. It is not only a unique opportunity to engage viewers in the history of interior design and architecture but is also a way for the Trust to push the boundaries in bringing properties to life.”

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