New Lanark to host BBC’s Antiques Roadshow

Presenter Fiona Bruce
Presenter Fiona Bruce

One of Scotland’s best-loved World Heritage Sites is to play host to the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow in the summer.

The show, which sees a team of fine arts experts travel around the country valuing people’s heirlooms and attic finds, will visit the Lanarkshire tourist attraction on July 28.

Now fortune hunters are being encouraged to bring along their treasures or enjoy a free day out as a spectator.

Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark events and exhibitions officer said: “We are absolutely delighted to be hosting the BBC Antiques Roadshow.

“The village of New Lanark is over 200 years old, so our site is the perfect place for visitors to bring along their antiques, treasures and family heirlooms.

“We’re the only venue hosting the Antiques Roadshow in Scotland this year, so we hope that lots of visitors from across the country will come along to enjoy a fascinating day out at our wonderful, historic site.”

Fiona Bruce, presenter of Antiques Roadshow said: “The best part of working on Antiques Roadshow is that we never know who or what is going to turn up on the day.

“The visitors, the objects they bring, their stories and the location all combine to make a fabulous experience that we aim to capture for the viewers.

“If you are a fan of Antiques Roadshow, curious to see behind the scenes, or just fancy a day out, I would urge you to dig out your treasures and come along – we’d love to see you!”

2016 will mark the 39th year of production for Antiques Roadshow which remains one of the BBC’s most watched factual titles with an average of six million viewers watching the current series each Sunday.

Simon Shaw, Antiques Roadshow executive producer said: “The filming venues for 2016 are some of our most beautiful and historic yet. We will be covering the country, visiting spectacular locations, unearthing treasures and welcoming thousands of visitors for a great, free day out. Our team of experts and Fiona love nothing better than hearing people’s stories and seeing what items they bring, so we hope as many people as possible come and enjoy what our visitors consistently tell us is a fantastic day out.”