Antiques Roadshow visits Durham Cathedral

Fiona Bruce who presents the Antiques Roadshow which will be coming to Durham Cathedral for the first time.
Fiona Bruce who presents the Antiques Roadshow which will be coming to Durham Cathedral for the first time.
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HOUSEHOLDERS across the region are digging out their old items as the Antiques Roadshow heads to Durham.

For the first time in the history of the popular BBC show, it will be visiting Durham Cathedral as part of the 37th series.

Staff at the world-famous cathedral said it is very exciting to have the Antiques Roadshow going along.

Catherine Hodgson, a marketing officer at the cathedral, said: “We have had quite a lot of interest about it. We have had a lot of emails from people asking if they can come along.”

She said the day is open to anyone to take along their treasures for the experts to have a look at.

Catherine added: “It is really exciting to have such a well known BBC programme as the Antiques Roadshow coming here.”

Ruth Robson, head of marketing and events at Durham Cathedral, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow to the Cathedral. It is both an opportunity for residents of the North East to bring in their antiques and family heirlooms for valuation, and for viewers of the programme to see what a special place Durham and the Cathedral is. No doubt it will be a busy day.”

Catherine said during the day valuations will be going on both inside the cathedral and in the cloister gardens by some of the country’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists and presenter Fiona Bruce will be taking to people about their memorabilia.

Fiona said: “This will be my seventh year on the Antiques Roadshow and I still feel so lucky to be presenting the programme.

“Every week is different, a new location and thousands of new visitors. The only constant is the pleasure of the unexpected - we never know what will turn up, from the most fabulous Faberge to the most humble object with a riveting story.”

During the last series the show unearthed some amazing finds, including memorabilia bought from the last survivor of the Titanic, a teapot once owned by Nelson and a small Faberge Easter egg charm found in a bag of paste jewellery which subsequently sold for £15,000.

Filming will take place at the cathedral on Thursday, September 4. Doors open at 9.30am and close at 4pm and entry is free.