We are a fairly informal group, probably due to the fact that we meet in each other's homes, normally at 2pm on the third Thursday of the month. We do not meet in July, August or December.
We choose a topic and then take appropriate items to the meetings. We are blessed with having our own 'Resident Expert' (as good as any on the Antiques Roadshow). She could spot a fake Ming vase from a mile away! In 2014, apart from our meetings, we also had more outings. Perhaps we should be called 'The Antique Road Trippers'.
On June 11th 2015 the Antiques Roadshow came to Royal William Yard in Plymouth. We did not take items to be valued as you can be queuing for at least two hours. It is just interesting to hear the experts talk about the antiques. After a satisfying lunch we returned to listen to the experts. There were still very long queues but it was much easier to hear what was being said. We learned a lot by observing and listening. Not all the well-known experts were there, but I enjoyed listening to Graham Lay, John Axford, Ferguson Gambon, Lars Tharp and John Sandon amongst others. I've been to better venues for the Antiques Roadshow, but it was still an interesting and enjoyable experience.
In 2018 we have the following theme and destinations:
- March 15th – Wine glasses and drink-related items such as decanters or corkscrews
- April 19th – The museum in Newton Abbot
- May 17th – House of Marbles in Bovey Tracey
- June 14th – Nancy Astor's house and Smeaton's Tower, Plymouth
We would normally have a meeting in September but The Antiques Roadshow is coming to Buckfast Abbey on September 13th. As a group we have been to The Antiques Roadshows in Exeter and Plymouth so we're looking forward to going to Buckfast Abbey.
We do need new members so if anyone is interested please contact me. You do not have to have any antiques, just an interest in them and new members would be most welcome.
Contact Rachel on Tel: 560571 or click Antiques to email for more details.