Antiques Roadshow visit to UEA broadcast to millions on BBC1
06:30 13 January 2014
A collection of nearly 140 canary ornaments, a death mask of former prime minister William Gladstone and a horn found by a serving soldier while on duty in Afghanistan were among the eclectic mix of objects on show when the Antiques Roadshow rolled into Norwich.
Millions of viewers last night saw Fiona Bruce and the popular BBC1 show’s team of experts give their verdicts – and the all-important valuations – on the range of items which were unearthed on a visit to the University of East Anglia in the shadow of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.
Norwich City fans would have been delighted to see a collection of 138 canaries feature so prominently on the show, with expert Bunny Campione describing it as “the most amazing collection” which she valued at £7,000. Edward Acton, vice chancellor of the UEA, the owner of a death mask of William Gladstone which had belonged to his great grandfather Lord Acton, was told by expert Philip Mould that the the “undiluted expression of death” could be worth between £5,000 and £6,000 but Mr Acton said it was not for sale.
Elsewhere a soldier who had served with the Royal Anglian Regiment brought in a horn he found while on duty in Afghanistan. Expert Paul Viney said it was “wonderful” that he had found it in the desert but said it was only worth between £100 and £150.
And a sampler sewn in Victorian times by a resident of an asylum in Great Yarmouth, complete with hand-sewn accusations aimed at those responsible for her incarceration, was described as “priceless”. It is on show at Yarmouth’s Time and Tide museum as part of the Frayed at the Edge exhibition until March.