25/02/20 PRESS RELEASE: BBC Antiques Roadshow comes to Jetty

25/02/20

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BBC ANTIQUES ROADSHOW COMES TO JETTY

TV show will visit museum on Tuesday 9 June

BBC’s Antiques Roadshow will visit Windermere Jetty on Tuesday 9 June.

The museum is one of eight venues nationwide chosen to host Fiona Bruce and her team of experts this summer.

First broadcast in 1979, Antiques Roadshow is one of the most popular factual programmes on BBC One with six million viewers.

Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories celebrates its first birthday on 23 March. Since opening the museum has welcomed thousands of visitors and won several prominent awards.

Rhian Harris, Chief Executive Lakeland Arts, said: “We are thrilled that Windermere Jetty has been chosen as one of only eight venues across the UK to be an Antiques Roadshow venue. The show’s producers were wowed by the museum and its stunning location on the shores of Windermere.

“We celebrate our first birthday next month and to be featured so prominently on national BBC television is a fantastic boost for the museum and Cumbria. We can’t wait for June, when we throw open our doors to the BBC and visitors with their artefacts ready for valuation.”

Thousands of people come to each Roadshow filming day hoping their car boot bargains and family heirlooms are missing masterpieces or priceless treasures.

Presenter Fiona Bruce, who announced the 2020 venues on The One Show on Tuesday evening (25 February), says there are some remarkable items still out there waiting to be discovered: "We saw some astounding valuations in last year's series, let's try and do even better this year.

"We're visiting some beautiful and surprising locations and no doubt we'll meet some surprising owners too. All comers welcome so do bring along your objects and let's see if we can unearth some truly amazing finds. A Faberge egg would do, I'm not fussy!”

Entry to the Antiques Roadshow at Windermere Jetty on 9 June is free. Everyone is welcome and no tickets or pre-registration is required.

Visitors are welcome to turn up on the day, but they can also share their stories about special items in advance at www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow

So raid the attic and unearth those car boot bargains and bring them along to Antiques Roadshow.

Robert Murphy, series editor of Antiques Roadshow, said: “There’s always a buzz when the Roadshow comes to town and we can’t wait to see what treasures and heirlooms will emerge form the attic.

“It’s a great day out for all the family and a brilliant opportunity to go behind the scenes of one of the of the BBC’s best-loved programmes. You never know, it could be your item that gets chosen to be on TV.”

More details about Antiques Roadshow at Windermere Jetty including parking and transport arrangements will be announced in due course.

www.windermerejetty.org

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Lakeland Arts:

Lakeland Arts has a portfolio of galleries and museums in the Lake District. It’s venues include Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House and Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories opened in March 2019.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry are currently closed for redevelopment which is due to start this year.

www.lakelandarts.org.uk

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House:

Blackwell is situated in Bowness-on-Windermere and is architect MH Baillie Scott's greatest house. Built as a Lake District rural holiday retreat for the Manchester brewery owner, Sir Edward Holt, today it is an outstanding example of an Arts & Crafts House. Retaining most of its original decorative features. It is a perfect setting for exhibitions of historical and contemporary craft.

www.blackwell.org.uk

Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories:

Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories opened in 2019. Designed by Carmody Groarke architects, this is a new world-class museum in a stunning setting on Windermere displaying an internationally important collection of boats which are all associated with Windermere. The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the major funder for the Museum. Grants are made possible by National Lottery players. The project is also supported by Regional Growth Fund and Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund.

www.windermerejetty.org

Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry

Both these venues are closed as redevelopment work of the site is due to start in 2020.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal opened in 1962. It has built up an outstanding collection and a strong reputation for showing exhibitions of national and international artists of the highest quality. In 2018 it showed work ranging from Claude Monet and Auguste Rodin to contemporary artists Elisabeth Frink and Alison Watt.

Abbot Hall also houses the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry in the former coach house and stables. The Museum opened in 1971. Immerse yourself in Lake District history, discover the region’s past in farming, mining and tanning. Find out about Swallows and Amazons author Arthur Ransome and stroll down a Victorian Street. The Museum also has a regular programme of exhibitions.

www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk

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