New Lanark was the BBC’s ninth location for The Antiques Roadshow on Thursday the 28th of August, 2016. Thousands from around the country came to New Lanark to witness the experts from the show value antiques brought to them by the public – with a little help from Fiona Bruce!
The process, for those of you who do not watch the show, is that anyone can come down with any antique and meet an expert of the show who listens to their story and values their antiques. The show has had many success stories in the past of people realising their antique is worth much more than they thought. We even had some success stories on our day, for example, Mr and Mrs Berkley were the owners of a set of Japanese chairs who were left in Mr Berkley family home when they moved in. The chairs turned out to be worth £1,500. The expert also said that identical chairs had been spotted in the palace of the Sultan of Selangor state, Malaysia.
Another success story was from Primilia, who lives in Lanark, who brought along a Dumb Waiter Statue that her parents were given as a wedding gift in 1933. The antique was a success as it was valued as more than she had anticipated. Primilia was filmed with her antique and left New Lanark with a smile on her face!
The owner of this Grandfather clock also discovered that his possession was worth more than he originally thought! Not only did the gentleman discover the price but he also found out more information about the previous owner of the clock. I guess his visit was certainly worth his time…
The Lanark Silver Bell: one of the oldest racing trophies in Europe, made between the years of 1608 and 1610. Lanark’s oldest antique which can be deemed as priceless.
The Silver Bell was a trophy given to the race winner. The earliest silver shield is dated 1628 and is engraved ‘John Hamilton of Traboun’. The holes in the bell were for the rings which used to hold the shields. Due to the number of the shields rising the Victorian silver stand was added.
The event was enjoyed by all as these are just some of the comments left on our Facebook page…
“Thanks for a fab day out!!”
“Great day out and weather was much better than forecast.”
“had a great day”
Each expert has their own specialised field, therefore, they have their own table for said field. All around the site there were tables with the iconic red umbrellas and the respective name of department on top. So each person would queue for their ticket and be directed to whatever section their antique falls into. The Miscellaneous area was the busiest of them all as that had four tables worth of experts!
In order to organise and arrange such an event a lot of planning and effort has to go into it. On Wednesday, the 27th, both the BBC and New Lanark staff were here setting up from the early hours of the morning in order to make sure the day was a success. The event could not have been run without the help of our volunteers who are avid fans of the show. Each volunteer had a certain area where they would help keep the queues moving efficiently and also provided much needed tea and coffee for the experts!
Once the event was in full swing, I was lucky enough to join a certain group for a VIP tour, hosted by a member of the BBC production team. The tour allowed us to see behind the scenes of the Antiques Roadshow including the make-up room and the tents where the production team would listen and dictate the recordings. Those on the tour were New Lanark Trustees and some members of parliament.
We started off our tour by standing on the PODA and get a brief understanding of what the tour would entail.
We then made our way over to the production tent where producers were listening to the recordings so we had to be quiet. We even managed to get up close to some filming!
After this we went into the make-up room to see those who were preparing to be on camera. We then headed back over to the PODA and spotted Fiona Bruce welcoming visitors and helping out with reception.
Overall, the Antiques Roadshow was a complete success and the weather stayed dry, well… for the majority of the day! Below are some more pictures of the event! Be sure to keep your eye out for Antiques Roadshow on TV, as the series is on in September!
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Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern