Erddig to host BBC Antiques Roadshow in July
Fiona Bruce and the team of Antiques Roadshow experts will be waiting to welcome you on 26 July, so dust off your family heirlooms and dig out those car boot bargains and bring them along for free advice and valuations to visitors
Last year, the programme celebrated four decades on the road with some truly amazing finds, as presenter Fiona Bruce explains:
“Can this year be even better than our last? We’ll have to go some way to top the most valuable Faberge ever seen on the programme, a correction to Darwin’s theory of evolution by the great man himself and one of the best collections of show business memorabilia ever seen by our experts.
“But I have every confidence we’ll do it and the thousands of people that come along to see us will pull some extraordinary things out of their bags/trolleys/bits of newspaper/suitcases/boats - and one year even out of a cart led by a dog. I can’t wait.”
Robert Murphy, series producer of Antiques Roadshow, said:
“We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors when we bring Antiques Roadshow to Erddig on Thursday 26 July.
“It’s a much-loved property with great character and we’re looking forward to seeing cherished objects and hearing personal stories from the people of Wales and beyond.
“It’s a great free, family day out and you can see how we make one of BBC One’s most popular programmes. Our team of experts are on hand to help visitors discover the hidden history of their objects – you never know, it might just be your item that turns out to be something very special and potentially very valuable!”
Our picturesque country house, on the Welsh borders, dates back to the 17th century and will be the perfect setting for this special event. The last owner, Philip Yorke III inherited a crumbling Erddig on his brother, Simon's death. Neither brother had married, so Philip began negotiations to entrust Erddig to us so that his derelict home could be saved. The National Trust took ownership in 1973 and began a four-year period of restoration, opening again in 1977.
General Manager Jamie Watson said:
“We’re thrilled to be hosting the Antiques Roadshow this year and can’t wait to welcome visitors – and their family treasures - to Erddig in July when our gardens will be at their dazzling best.
“The biggest challenge for the team will be deciding which item in our 30,000 collection we dig out on the day to share with the experts!”
Erddig’s collection of more than 30,000 items includes a Delft Vase which Queen Mary, during her visit in 1921, dropped hints to Louisa Yorke that she’d very much like to take the vase home. Louisa stood her ground and politely refused!
The only trace of Erddig’s original owner, Joshua Edisbury’s time is an early 18th-century Japanned screen. ‘Japanned’ refers to the technique of layering lacquer and Elihu Yale who was neighbour to the Edisburys, gave Edisbury’s wife the screen as a gift. Ironically it was Yale recalling a loan which finally bankrupted Joshua Edisbury.
Erddig is famed for its extensive archive of ‘upstairs/downstairs’ life giving us a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era.
Justin Albert, National Trust Director for Wales said:
“We’re delighted that once again, BBC Antiques Roadshow has chosen another one of our special places in Wales for this series.
“From country houses, to coastal walks and countryside spaces, we pride ourselves on a warm Welsh welcome, which I’m sure the team will enjoy when they visit Erddig in summer.”
Doors open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free, everyone is welcome, and no tickets or pre-registration is required. For parking arrangements please check our website.
Visitors are welcome to just turn up on the day but they can also share their stories about the special items they are bringing along using Share Your Story on the Antiques Roadshow website.
There will be a one-way system for traffic on Thursday so please enter via our main Plas Grono entrance. As you get close to Erddig there will be directions to lead you to the main entrance should you need them.
When parking, please follow signs and instructions from our team. Parking for the event will be in one of our overflow fields which is a short walk from the property. We ask that blue badge holders please have their badges visible and ready to show our stewards so that you can be directed to our disabled parking area.
More information and frequently asked questions can be found at: www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow or on the show’s Facebook page.
• This is the eleventh series presented by Fiona Bruce
• We will be filming the 41st series of Antiques Roadshow throughout the spring and summer of 2018. The Roadshow will be visiting Cromer Pier in Norfolk, Eltham Palace & Gardens in Greenwich, The Piece Hall in Halifax, Crathes Castle in Scotland, Erdigg in Wrexham, Wrest Park in Bedfordshire, MediCityUK in Salford Quays, Buckfast Abbey in Devon and Aerospace Bristol in South Gloucestershire.
• Over the past 40 years there have been 804 programmes, made at 585 different venues, the show has been abroad to 11 countries. Around ten million objects have been brought to be valued and of those around 24,000 items have been filmed.
• Each Antiques Roadshow attracts around 3,000 people. Whether it’s a £100,000 painting or a £5 cup and saucer, everyone gets an expert opinion on their treasure.
• Antiques Roadshow is one of BBC One’s most popular programmes, regularly watched by nearly six million people.