Antiques Roadshow

I’m not really sure why the BBC puts stuff like Antiques Roadshow on a Thursday – my only thought is that if it gets this crowded on a weekday when most people are at work, they’d probably get mobbed on a weekend. But it does account for the general demographic of the people that always seem to be on those shows and, from what I can see from Stephen’s photos, the Greenwich one is no exception – a rather more ‘mature’ section of the community.
I confess it’s never really been my cup of tea, but I would have probably gone for the whole Greenwich-spectacle of it all if it weren’t for the work-day issues. But Stephen managed to get there – and I’m grateful for the pictures, especially since he got ticked off for taking them.
In the spirit of the day, he took a Clarice Cliff bowl he’d bought at a bootsale for 5p. It’s a good job too – they weren’t allowing anyone in who hadn’t brought an object to view – the oddest ‘dress code’ I’ve ever come across…
He got there at 12.45 and there was a notice saying it was a two-hour wait to get in. He was cheered that the BBC had laid on tea and sandwiches for the queues – but turns out it wasn’t Auntie – must have been the ORNC – all very unsung.
He saw a couple of experts but I’m not sure if he actually got a valuation. Are you off to the Bahamas now, Stephen? The picture below was the last before he got told to stop – not really sure why. But he tells me he was v. polite, apologised and did stop – by that time he had my pics…. ;-)

I wonder if there is a spate of local burglaries after an airing of Antiques Roadshow? I’d be curious to see police statistics…

BTW Thanks, too to Alison, who quietly snapped the interior shots here…


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