December 19 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, January 12, 2014
In July, Norwich was lucky enough to host a special episode of the Antiques Roadshow filmed at the University of East Anglia’s Sainsbury’s Centre.
Thousands of people brought items ranging from family heirlooms to hidden attic treasures with the hope of having them valued by experts.
And our reporter Martin George took an ancient Norwich Evening News object along to see if the 19th century woodcut printing blocks were worth their weight in gold.
Norfolk’s most interesting antiques will make an appearance on BBC One this Sunday, as the first Antiques Roadshow episode filmed at the University is aired.
The team of specialists included UEA alumni Philip Mould, who studied art history in 1978 and Paul Atterbury, who studied there from 1969 to 1972.
Explaining the show’s appeal, Mr Atterbury said: “I think it is about people and stories, and memories and experience. It’s not really about ‘how much is this cup worth?’, although that’s what we do. It’s more about ‘why have you got that cup?’ and ‘tell me about your granny’.”
Anyone who missed out on the day itself can catch its finest moments when the episode is broadcast at 7.30pm on January 12.
It will be the first of two shows filmed on the day both in and outside the Sainsbury Centre, which is currently hosting the celebrated ‘Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia’ exhibition.
The episode includes an eclectic mix of objects including the death mask of William Gladstone owned by UEA vice chancellor Prof Edward Acton, a complete kitchen from the 1950s and a horn found by a serving soldier on duty in Afghanistan.
It also features a remarkable sampler sewn in Victorian times by a resident of a lunatic asylum, complete with hand-sewn accusations aimed at those responsible for her incarceration.
The Antiques Roadshow last visited Norwich in 2005 when Norwich Cathedral provided a backdrop to Norfolk’s finest antiques.
These latest episodes were filmed as part of the show’s 36th season.
Maresa Padmore, assistant head of alumni, conferences and events, said: “The visit by the Antiques Roadshow was one of the highlights of the summer of celebrations marking UEA’s 50th anniversary. The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts provided a stunning backdrop for this popular show and the turn-out on the day was amazing.”