George Archdale is an auctioneer and valuer and has been with the Antiques Roadshow for over 30 years.
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A carved rhino horn
In 1973, having just graduated in Geology, George’s mother suggested he did the Sotheby’s training scheme... Nearly 40 years later, it’s safe to say she got it right! He was trained at Sotheby’s and worked for Bonhams auction house before becoming an independent dealer and antiques consultant. For ten years, he was a regional representative for Sotheby’s in Stamford and he has subsequently worked for auctioneers Vost’s in Newmarket and Dreweatt Neate in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Since 2001, George has been working as auctioneer and valuer for Cheffins, Cambridge and is a regular contributor to BBC Local Radio.
George’s most treasured memories of his 30 years on the Antiques Roadshow are the people and places he has visited along the way. From the Scottish Highlands to the Channel Islands, George remembers fondly the extraordinary places he wouldn't otherwise have visited and the locals who have greeted the Roadshow team with a warm welcome every time. One particular visitor made an impression on George when she brought along a carved rhino horn to the Roadshow in Guernsey. The lady later sold the carving and donated the proceeds to a charity dedicated to saving rhinos.
When he’s not in an auction house, George likes nothing more than being out in the countryside with his family. With an allotment, a garden, and a woodland to tend to, there’s always plenty of trees to plant and fruit to pick. His top tip: wild Mirabelle plums are not only delicious, but make excellent gin!