Published on:25 February 2020
Join Fiona Bruce and the Antiques Roadshow team when they film at Forty Hall on Sunday 17 May.
Join Fiona Bruce and the Antiques Roadshow team when they film at Forty Hall in Enfield on Sunday 17 May.
Thousands of people come to each Roadshow filming day hoping their car boot bargains and family heirlooms are missing masterpieces or priceless treasures.
Presenter Fiona Bruce, who announced the 2020 venues on The One Show on Tuesday evening (25 February), says there are some remarkable items still out there waiting to be discovered: "We saw some astounding valuations in last year's series, let's try and do even better this year.
"We're visiting some beautiful and surprising locations and no doubt we'll meet some surprising owners too. All comers welcome so do bring along your objects and let's see if we can unearth some truly amazing finds. A Faberge egg would do, I'm not fussy!"
Enfield Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Ian Barnes, said: “We are delighted that Enfield’s local treasure, Forty Hall & Estate, will be filmed this summer by the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. Forty Hall has a rich and long history and will make the perfect backdrop to showcase Enfield. We will also be the only London location in the 2020 filming schedule which adds to the special occasion.
“Enfield is a historically significant borough with a diverse population encompassing many cultures. I am sure the residents of Enfield have some interesting stories to tell about their memories of the area so head up to those attics, tidy out those sheds and search under those staircases and we’ll look forward to seeing those fascinating objects that teach us so much about our past."
First broadcast in 1979 the Roadshow remains one of the most popular factual programmes on BBC One with around six million people regularly watching on Sunday evenings.
Some of the Roadshow's most fascinating finds include a Faberge flower ornament worth £1 million, a handwritten document signed by Elizabeth 1, a ring containing a lock of author Charlotte Bronte's hair, a wristwatch owned by Lawrence of Arabia, a 17th Century miniature book reviewing Shakespeare's plays and a leather jacket worn by John F Kennedy.
Many objects featured on the Roadshow are found in some very strange places. Winston Churchill's hat and letters were discovered in a dump near London, Donald Trump's vanity set found in a charity shop, a mysterious pottery figure found in a coal shed and diamond jewellery discovered sewn into a sofa.
Entry to the Roadshow is free, everyone is welcome, and no tickets or pre-registration is required.
Visitors are welcome to turn up on the day, but they can also share their stories about special items they are bringing along on our website www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow
Alternatively, write to Antiques Roadshow, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR.
More information, frequently asked questions, and parking information can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow or on the show's Facebook page.