The Antiques Roadshow heading for Norfolk’s RAF Marham

The Antiques Roadshow will be touching down at RAF Marham next month, as filming gets under way on the popular show's 35th series.

Some of Britain's leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot bargains for inspection by the experts.

The experts include Norwich City supporter Paul Atterbury, who studied at the University of East Anglia, and Mark Hill who is a patron of the King's Lynn Arts Centre, along with Downton Abbey star Brendan Coyle.

Finds from the last series, watched by an average of six million viewers, included a Rolf Harris painting bought by a King's Lynn woman for �50 and valued at �50,000, a beer flagon made from Cromwell's horse, the medical chest taken on Shackleton's 1914 expedition to the Antarctic and a toilet roll rejected by the Beatles at the Abbey Road Studios.

Presenter Fiona Bruce will join the experts at Norfolk's last flying RAF base on Wednesday, May 23. The doors open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm – entry is free and the entrance will be clearly signposted from the approach roads.

The Marham trip will be the only time the new series is anywhere in East Anglia

Simon Shaw, series editor, said: 'The team are all looking forward to visiting RAF Marham. It's always exciting to see what will come to light on the day.

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'We regularly see between 1,500 and 2,000 visitors on the day. Despite the high turnout, everyone will get to see an expert.'

The BBC has said one of the main reasons RAF Marham was chosen as a venue was because it is the 100th anniversary of the base's II (AC) Squadron.

RAF Marham's II (AC) Squadron is the oldest fixed wing squadron in the world and helped in the Libya conflict last year.

Its many achievements include the first use of airborne cameras in 1914, the award of the first air Victoria Cross in 1915 and the first pictures of the D-Day landings in 1944.

Fiona Bruce added: 'Presenting the Antiques Roadshow is, for me, one of those rare and very lucky coincidences in television when you get to work on a show that you already love to watch.

'Exploring the human story behind every object is what makes Antiques Roadshow so fascinating. And everyone loves the agony and ecstasy of the 'what's it worth' moment. The Antiques Roadshow isn't just about antiques - it's history, beauty and drama all wrapped up in one.'

People with large pieces of furniture or other big items can send details and photographs of their objects to: Antiques Roadshow, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or email them to: antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk.

Marham is a working RAF base, so visitors must bring a piece of photographic ID.

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