Thousands flock to Audley End for the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow

Audley End House, which was hosting the Antiques Roadshow on Thursday, May 26

Audley End House, which was hosting the Antiques Roadshow on Thursday, May 26 - Credit: Archant

Thousands of people descended on Audley End House today (May 26) with their treasured objects to show the team of experts from the Antiques Roadshow.

The popular BBC programme, now in its 39th series, was filming from 9.30am to 4.30pm at the English Heritage site, with a wide range of items put forward to Fiona Bruce and company.

Among the interesting objects was a collection of trumpets and bugels from the 1940s onwards, which was brought to Audley End by Jack Doughty, 84, from Stansted.

Jack played the Last Post at the Armistice Day service at the war memorial in Whitehall in 1948 and 1949, and was interested to see how much his 10 instruments were worth.

He said: “It’s not vitally important of course, but it’s always nice to know what they might be worth. I have been to an Antiques Roadshow before and waited around two hours to be seen, but with the crowds here today, it looks like it might be a bit longer.”

Presenter Fiona Bruce, who is now in her ninth series, said: “I have never been to Audley End before, but it is an absolutely stunning venue.

“There is this quite beautiful symmetry and elegance about the building, and it is a perfect location for the Antiques Roadshow.

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“The people who bring their bits and bobs and unusual objects really make the programme what it is and it’s fantastic to see so many of them here today.”

The filming at Audley End is expected to be edited into two one-hour programmes, which will be shown in either September or October.

For much more reaction, see next week’s print editions of the Saffron Walden Reporter and Dunmow Broadcast, which are out on Thursday, June 2.