A new programme that promises to show you how to restore your neglected antique furniture has arrived on BBC 1 and 2, and can also be found on iPlayer. Another touring show, it gives Cumbria, Preston and Lancashire antique owners the chance to renovate their antique desks, chairs and wardrobes, either for their own enjoyment or to sell at auction.
Restoration Roadshow has filled a much-needed niche in the TV antiques trade, focussing on the care of antiques rather than their saleable value. The team of experts cover all fields of expertise, showing viewers the correct way to do such things as picture frame gilding, porcelain restoration and the repair of old Victorian dining chairs . The team is led by Tim Akers, who adores sourcing and Restoring original pieces to their former glory. A furniture specialist and fully accredited member of the British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association (BAFRA), his clients include institutions, museums, dealers or private customers. This could explain the programme’s high number of antique desk as such items remain a popular and functional piece.
The rest of the team includes Louise Drover , who specialises in paper conservation – books, prints, maps and the like. Malcolm Green is a clock and furniture specialist, while Roger Hawkins heads the ceramics department. The wonderfully named Rodrigo Titian specialises in picture frame gilding, while Lucia Scalisi specialises in the paintings themselves.
The beautiful antique items like desks and antique dining chairs you see in Lancashire antique dealers rarely enter the shop that way; they are lovingly restored first. Now is your chance to see how they do it.