Paul Viney is an auctioneer and lecturer with a wide-ranging knowledge of antiques.
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A collection of items from Shackleton’s 1914 Polar Expedition
Paul Viney is Chairman of Woolley & Wallis, the Salisbury-based fine art auctioneers. Paul began his career at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. He then worked for the National Trust at Waddesdon Manor, the former Rothschild house near Aylesbury, before joining Phillips Auctioneers where he was Vice President in New York for three years and European Director from 1986 until 1992.
In 2009, Paul was appointed Chairman of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers. He regularly contributed to the Radio 2 annual Children in Need auctions with Terry Wogan, Jimmy Young, Ken Bruce and others. He has lectured extensively.
Paul works with the 'Miscellaneous' team on the Antiques Roadshow and has recorded all sorts of weird and wonderful objects, from an early 20th Century tonsil extractor to a bronze figure of the ballerina Anna Pavlova. However one of his highlights came at Layer Marney Tower in Essex in 2011: a collection of items from Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Polar Expedition, brought in by a lady who is planning to be the first woman to travel solo to the North Pole.