Antiques expert Tim Wonnacott (BARGAIN HUNT) sets off on a fascinating journey investigating the scenic towns and cities of Britain and the antiques and collectables that define their particular area. Towing his vintage Airstream caravan, Tim visits a lively local event at each stop on the map to explore the surroundings and history of the area as well as meet some of the locals - owners, enthusiasts, collectors - who've brought along their precious treasures for him to look at. Tim draws on his immense knowledge of antiques to unravel their histories and provenance, which often takes him on visits to see relevant collections of historical importance. His travels take him to Glasgow, Bakewell, London, Windsor, Hay on Wye, Cambridge, Derby, Bristol, Worcester and Manchester where he encounters a wide variety of objects from a vintage car to Georgian porcelain and fine glass, as well as the quirkiest of items from a peep egg to a dongola oar! Plus Tim takes a look at the incredible Clifton suspension bridge in Bristol and reveals the history of boating on the river Thames. So get on board for a journey through scenic Britain and its wonderful collection of objet d'art. Bristol Tim Wonnacott is at the Bristol Harbour Festival to meet locals with their precious antiques which help tell the story of this historic city. Tim meets the Lord Mayor to talk about his ancient ceremonial sword and values a ticket that gets you in to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre "Forever"! He examines the great legacy of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, looks at some classic motorbikes made in Bristol and discovers the success of the Bristol brass industry which flourished in the 1700s. London Tim Wonnacott is in London's Covent Garden to put the capital on the Great Antiques Map of Britain. He meets locals with treasures that tell the tale of London's past, including a snuffbox made from the wood used in the original London Bridge, and some silver spoons created by a Victorian forger who was subsequently sentenced to death. Tim finds out about the age-old pursuit of mud larking on the shores of the River Thames, scales the Elizabeth Tower to hear Big Ben up close, and visits St Paul's Cathedral to see Wren's Great Model. Worcester Worcester proves to have an intriguing past and plenty of interesting antiques when Tim Wonnacott pitches up at a Flea Market and Collectors Fair. Local resident and antiques expert, Philip Serrell, drops in to show Tim some rare books about Worcester, while other locals bring such fascinating objects as a hand written letter from Elgar and a Royal Worcester piece made especially for Winston Churchill. Tim views a collection of mechanical music machines that have never been filmed before and finds out about the antique bells that ring in Worcester cathedral. Bakewell Although this area's history is steeped in agriculture, the industrial revolutions had an enormous impact. The antiques and collectables emanating from this rich and varied past place it firmly on the Great Antiques Map of Britain. Tim Wonnacott takes his vintage silver-rig to the Bakewell Food Festival in the heart of the glorious Derbyshire Peaks where locals have brought along their fascinating objects, including Victorian baking tins used by the alleged inventor of the famous Bakewell puddings, and antique wall brackets bought from the illustrious Chatsworth House estate. Tim goes deep underground in search of the precious mineral, Blue-John which is unique to the area, and investigates the story of a man who revolutionised fishing in the grounds of Haddon Hall. Cambridge Tim Wonnacott takes his old rig along to Cambridge, and sets up at the Town and Country Fair, where lots of eager owners have come along to show him their fascinating items, including fen skates, a vintage radio, and a collection of old bottles, some of which are surprisingly rare and valuable. Tim visits Cambridge Art School and hears about the work of its alumnus, the celebrated illustrator Ronald Searle. And he investigates the hoard of Tudor relics found in one of the University colleges. Hay-on-Wye Tim Wonnacott and his silver rig visit the Hay on Wye Literary Festival and finds a striking traditional Welsh costume and a curious object relating to pit-ponies among many others. Putting Hay on the Great Antiques Map of Britain, he also sees furniture made in Hay itself over a hundred years ago. He also meets the owner of a private toll-bridge which helps to connect Hay to the outside world, and he investigates the story of bibliophile and "King of Hay" Richard Booth. Windsor Windsor is renowned for its royal links and the castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, looming high above the Thames since Norman times. In the Castle grounds, Tim Wonnacott visits the Royal Windsor Horse Show in search of antiques and collectables that bring the history of Windsor to life, including cufflinks presented by a grateful King and a very unusual oar. Tim also learns about the origins of Windsor chairs and the history of boating on the river Thames. Derby An antiques fair in the grounds of Kedleston Hall provides the backdrop to Tim Wonnacott's investigation of the antiques and collectables emanating from historic Derby. Its rich industrial heritage has given us steam trains, some of the first Rolls Royce motor cars, and a great brewing tradition, as well as the fine craftsmanship to be found in the country's famous porcelain and pottery works. Glasgow Once the second city of the Empire, Glasgow is home to many industries, famous names, and objects which are now regarded as valuable and collectable. Tim Wonnacott visits a farmers market on the shores of Loch Lomond, just outside Glasgow, where locals have brought along a range of fascinating treasures. They include a piece rare Clutha Glass, a Glasgow BoysGÇÖ oil painting, and some antique carpenterGÇÖs tools with a fascinating story. Tim tests his head for heights in the roof of GlasgowGÇÖs 13th century cathedral and explores the Kelvingrove museum. Manchester The "Dig the City" Festival provides the backdrop for Tim Wonnacott's search for Manchester's antiques. The locals come up trumps with objects including Pilkington pottery, a rare and valuable star atlas, and a fascinating book of textile samples from 1846, which illuminate Manchester's industrial past as the hub of the cotton trade. Tim explores the work of Ford Madox Brown and visits Manchester Metropolitan University's Art School to see treasured objects in their Special Collections.
The Great Antiques Map of Britain