Fiona Bruce introduces the BBC's Antique Roadshow from its visit to New Lanark World Heritage Site, this Sunday, May 28 at 7.30pm.
Fiona and the experts headed last year to the banks of the Clyde to meet visitors bringing family heirlooms to the 18th-century cotton mill of New Lanark.
As evidence that you should never throw anything out, treasures featured include a pearl necklace bought cheaply at a boot sale, a valuable clock found in a flea market, and a rare cuddly toy found abandoned in a skip.
There is also a moment of disquiet when a guest reveals how a family painting is a reminder of an uncomfortable family secret that dates back to the days of Nazi Germany.
Behind the scenes, the stunning scenery and breath-taking views at New Lanark World Heritage Site offer a tremendous backdrop for the show. A former 18th century cotton spinning mill village, founded by David Dale and Richard Arkwright in 1785, its history transports the viewer back to the height of the cotton spinning industry. It gained international fame under the enlightened management of Robert Owen and was a successful spinning centre until its closure in 1968.
New Lanark village is now owned and operated by New Lanark Trust, a registered Scottish Charity (SC008552) who, since 1974, have been restoring and revitalising the village as a living and working site. Today it is recognised as one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ‘outstanding universal value’ and welcomes over 300,000 visitors annually.
Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Trust’s Events & Exhibitions Officer, who worked with the BBC to coordinate the filming, said “The visit from BBC Antiques Roadshow was fascinating - the visitors, the objects they brought, their stories and the location combined to make a fabulous experience uncovering some items and stories about the local area which we hadn’t know about before….”