Antiques Roadshow coming to Aberystwyth

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The long-running BBC television programme Antiques Roadshow will be holding a valuation day on Thursday 9 June at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University. The doors open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm, and entry is free.

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.

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 e-mail them to antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk. It may be possible to arrange to look at the item in advance and organise transportation to the venue.

Speaking about the programme, presenter Fiona Bruce said:

"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 AR isn't just about antiques - it's history, beauty and drama all wrapped up in one.'

The last series included some great finds such as an Egyptian stone head dug up in a garden worth £10,000, a medieval ring found on a farm and valued at £20,000 and a Meissen cup and saucer bought at a car boot sale for £2.50 which was worth £5,000.

Among some of the stranger items brought along were uneaten pieces of royal wedding cake and a life-sized model of a lion once used in a TV series.

More information can be found on the Antiques Roadshow website, and information on other valuation days is on the BBC Shows site.

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