Popular TV antiques expert, Paul Martin, is sharing his knowledge and experience with Wiltshire residents by hosting a series of free community valuation days throughout the county.
The valuation days, which are being run in partnership with world-renowned Devizes auctioneers Henry Aldridge & Son, are intended to encourage members of the public to dust off those items they’ve always been curious about and bring them along to be discussed, valued and perhaps sold.
Paul – who is expecting to value a variety of items ranging from antiques, collectables, silver, gold, militaria and jewellery – has been a TV presenter and expert for over 20 years on programmes including the Antiques Road Trip; Flog It!; Countryfile and many more. He also has a new series, Paul Martin’s Auction Showdown, going live on Channel 5 this year.
Paul said, “Even though I am a TV presenter and still enjoy my broadcast career, I’m an antiques man at heart and these events allow me to get back to what drives me — the people, their objects and the stories they tell.”
The programme of valuation days is being run by Paul in his role as Head of Valuations at Henry Aldridge & Son.
“Wiltshire is such a great part of the country to host these kinds of days,” said Paul. “There is so much history here and the people are really generous with their time and curiosity, so I’m sure we’ll see some fascinating items and learn lots from the stories attached to them.”
The first event took place in Royal Wootton Bassett on 29th January.
One of Wiltshire’s most famous market towns, Royal Wootton Bassett has received most of its recent publicity because of its close links to RAF Lyneham and the town’s commitment to the repatriation of fallen British soldiers. Further back in its history, “Wodeton” was a Saxon holding as early as 681.
Paul added, “With this kind of rich history, you never know what items might be brought to our attention. There are Wiltshire families who have a history in the area going back generations, so it’s entirely possible we’ll see people bringing along heirlooms that are related to the history of the place, too. What’s exciting about community valuation days is you never quite know what will turn up. It’s full of surprises!”
The next events will be:
- The George in Mere — Wednesday 7th February, 10am to 3pm.
- The REME Museum in Lyneham — Wednesday 14th February, 10am to 3pm.
- STEAM in Swindon — Monday 19th February, 10am to 3pm.
- The Athenaeum Centre in Warminster — Tuesday 27th February, 10am to 3pm.
For more information on Paul’s community valuation days, please visit: henryaldridge.com/valuations/valuation-days/south-west/
Pictured above: Flog it! presenter Paul Martin