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Published March 8th 2021
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Birmingham's historic Aston Hall is to host the hit television programme Antiques Roadshow but social distancing means only an invited audience will be on-site.
Now on its 44th series, the show will see Fiona Bruce and the team filming at the 400-year-old Jacobean mansion set in Aston Park. And the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic means people who would like to have their antiques assessed are asked initially to share their stories online bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow
Successful applicants will then be invited to attend a recording session where they will share their items with an expert who will be able to reveal more about its history, provenance and value.
Fiona Bruce said: "We were thrilled that we managed to make a series of the Antiques Roadshow last summer despite all the difficulties of filming during the pandemic. Hopefully, things will be easier this summer though life may not yet be back to normal by the time we start filming. So if you have an item that you'd like to bring along to the Roadshow, do please get in touch with us beforehand on our website. Here's hoping for a summer of great finds!"
Aston Hall is one of a series of locations for the programme this summer which also includes venues in Cardiff, London, Edinburgh, Wells, Belfast, Fareham and Ashington in Northumberland. Full details are available on the Antiques Roadshow website.
Alex Nicholson-Evans, Commercial Director at Birmingham Museums Trust, said: "We're absolutely delighted that the BBC have chosen Aston Hall as one of their locations for Antiques Roadshow. The Grade I listed building is one of Britain's finest treasures, steeped in history and set in a beautiful Green Flag park. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase one of Birmingham's most important historic properties to an audience of millions and we hope that it will also uncover local people's own art and treasures that they might have tucked away in their garages and attics. I can't wait to see what undiscovered masterpieces Birmingham might have!"