Lancashire residents will be able to find out what their heirlooms are worth when Antiques Roadshow visits Towneley Hall in Burnley on 27th June – and the BBC will even arrange transport for heavier items like Victorian oak pedestal desks .
On the Ribble Valley outskirts, within easy reach of Preston, Towneley is one of Lancashire’s best known historic attractions. Although the BBC has filmed Antiques Roadshow in Lancashire before, this will be the first time Burnley has been featured.
Standing in the historic grounds of Burnley’s largest park, the hall was the family seat of the Towneley family for more than 500 years, before being sold to the Borough Corporation in 1901. Today, it is the home of Burnley Art Gallery & Museum, where galleries of natural history and Egyptology exhibits vie with family rooms furnished with 18th century portraits and antique dining tables .
Described as a Lancashire museum in a country house, Burnley Council is hopeful that Antiques Roadshow will encourage more people to visit Towneley. Mick Cartledge, Director of Community Services, said:
“As well as providing people in Burnley and the surrounding areas with the opportunity to get involved in this well-known and loved show, it gives us the opportunity to show off Towneley Hall and its Green Flag park.
“We hope that visitors come from across the county […] to share their treasures.”
All someone in the Ribble Valley with an antique mahogany pedestal desk needs to do is send the details with a photograph to the BBC, which can arrange transportation. Even if the desk was bought from a local antiques dealer, it will still be of interest to the Roadshow experts.
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