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Still time to join Oxburgh's antique day

PUBLISHED: 09:29 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 10:56 08 July 2010

Norfolk families scouring their attics for long forgotten heirlooms to present at the BBC TV Antiques Roadshow when it rolls into Oxburgh Hall later this month can still register their items.

FAMILIES scouring their attics for long forgotten heirlooms to present at the BBC TV Antiques Roadshow when it rolls into Oxburgh Hall later this month have until Friday to register large items of interest.

The show's 31st series will be hosted by Fiona Bruce and feature some of Britain's leading fine arts specialists who will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors to the National Trust property on Thursday, July 17.

The show's team is currently compiling a folder containing letters and e-mails from people in the area who are looking to bring in large items which are too big to carry to the site.

Two members of the team will travel to Norfolk next weekend and visit as many people who have contacted the show as possible.

A spokesman for the event said: “Some of these people will have their items transported to the Roadshow by the team and a few lucky ones may end up being filmed on the day.

“As well as furniture and paintings items in the past have included large pots, bedsteads and even a military cannon.”

Last time the Roadshow came to Norfolk was to Holkham Hall in 2006 where among the treasures were a pair of Buffalo Bill's gloves valued at £10,000. And in 2005 in Norwich the Roadshow discovered a set of family portraits depicting Walt Disney's ancestors.

Series Editor Simon Shaw said: “As a television producer it's a scary prospect when we turn up for a day's filming and no knowledge of what might turn up. I often look at the queue first thing and say a quiet prayer that there really are interesting pieces in all those bags. Amazingly we still keep finding fascinating pieces - and some of the best aren't necessarily the most valuable. We regularly see between 1,500 and 2,000 visitors on the day. Despite the high turnout everyone will get to see an expert.”

People who wish to register their items should send their details and photographs of their objects to: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or e-mail them to antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk

The deadline is Friday.

The show will be held on Thursday, July 17 and gates will open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm.

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