Lynn Carr-Woodward, Roadshow reporter, Bletchley July 2009
A long awaited opportunity to take part in the Antiques Roadshow came about when it was scheduled to take place near my home (Bletchley Park – home of the WWII Code Breakers). My mother-in-law was to accompany me bringing a highchair that had been in her family for many years.
I informed the AR of our family treasure. One week before and following a telephone call from the office, Paul Atterbury knocked on my door with a colleague – the experience had begun. Their interest in the highchair helped to confirm that myself, mum and my friend June would definitely attend!
On a sunny 12th July we arrived as promised and were greeted by Elaine Binning, Mum confirmed the highchair’s history and agreed to be filmed. She was prepared with the pre-camera makeup alongside Fiona Bruce who was undergoing the same experience.
When filming began Elaine confirmed that the highchair doesn’t have a great deal of monetary value. However, having been used extensively by children in mum and dad’s family for approximately four generations (about 100 years), its provenance is water-tight.
Filming complete, we headed off to see more of the experts. Eric Knowles (truly a wickedly humorous expert) confirmed June’s bowl is Meissen and worth four times more than she paid for it. Elaine Binning was also very excited by a collection of early 19th century family heirlooms that I’d taken with me on behalf of another friend of mine.