Experts reveal antique secrets at South Yorkshire stately home

Wentworth Woodhouse

Wentworth Woodhouse

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Have you always fancied unlocking the secrets of that mysterious family heirloom gathering dust in your attic?

Well here’s your chance.

BBC’s Antiques Roadshow will be at Wentworth Woodhouse on Thursday, September 19, with its team of antique-appraising experts.

The long-running TV favourite – headed by presenter Fiona Bruce – will be filming at the Grade I listed stately home, in Rotherham, from 9.30am to 4.30pm, when more than 2,000 people from across South Yorkshire are expected to bring along their treasured items for analysis.

Presenter Fiona Bruce said: “This will be my sixth year on the Antiques Roadshow and I still feel so lucky to be presenting the programme. Every week is different – a new location and thousands of new visitors. The only constant is the pleasure of the unexpected. We never know what will turn up, from the most fabulous Faberge to the most humble object with a riveting story.”

Some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand at the stately home to offer free advice and valuations.

Wentworth Woodhouse estate manager Tom McWilliams told The Star: “We’re all such big fans of the show and are really looking forward to having them here.

“The BBC wrote us a letter more or less inviting themselves along and we were thrilled to accept.”

As part of the BBC show, Fiona will take a tour of the stately home and hear details of what they have in store.

Retired architect Clifford Newbold, who owns Wentworth Woodhouse, last year revealed plans to revive the property as a hotel spa and museum.

Tom added: “We’re excited to show Fiona around and tell her our plans.”