Tune into BBC Two tonight for a new antiques programme starring Roadshow expert Mark Hill and historian Lucy Worsley
Presented by historian Lucy Worsley and Antiques Roadshow expert Mark Hill, Antiques Uncovered aims to look at antiques in a whole new light and the three episodes, which have travel, entertaining and ceremony as their themes, seek to set the objects in their social historical context.
‘It’s easy to simply put something on a shelf and gasp at its value but we forget that these pieces were made for a reason and designed to be enjoyed,’ says Mark. ‘Some TV shows focus on antiques as commodities but they are more than that. Through them we can gain a snapshot of our history.’
So a Brownie camera, for example, is not just discussed in terms of its worth, but in terms of why it was invented, the fashion it set and who might have bought it at the time. And a Georgian chandelier is revealed to be much more than just a light. ‘Yes, it was designed to illuminate cavernous rooms but it was also a display of wealth, a statement of your success,’ says Mark. ‘It was Georgian bling.’