Well known popular TV antique expert, Paul Martin, will be sharing his knowledge and experience with Wiltshire residents on Tuesday 16th January by hosting a free community valuation day at Trowbridge Civic Centre.
The valuation day, which is being run in partnership with world renowned Devizes auctioneers Henry Aldridge & Son, for which Paul is Head of Valuations, will take place between 10am – 3pm and is 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 would be delighted to see items ranging from antiques, collectables, silver, gold, militaria and jewellery.
The day is part of a programme of valuation days being run Paul in his role with Henry Aldridge & Son in January and Paul says he is excited to see what the people of Trowbridge will bring along.
“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.”
Trowbridge has a long history and is mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086 but is best known for its important role in cloth manufacturing in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was an important site for woollen cloth production from as early as the 14th century but the advent of industrialisation saw its importance hugely accelerate, gaining global significance and influence in the trade and becoming known for its large variety of beautiful, luxurious fabrics.
“With this kind of rich history, you never know what items might be brought to our attention,” says Paul. “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!”
Paul, who presented the BBC show, Flog It! is also known for TV shows such as Antiques Road Trip and Britain’s Hidden Heritage, and has a new programme, Paul Martin’s Auction Showdown, starting on Channel 5 later this year.
The Trowbridge event will be followed by two more dates in landmark Wiltshire locations this month:
The Castle and Ball Hotel in Marlborough will be the setting for a community valuation day on Tuesday 23rd January, 11am – 3pm.
The Marsh Farm Hotel in Royal Wootton Bassett are looking forward to welcoming Paul for the community valuation day taking place there on Monday 29th January, 10am – 3pm.
For more information on Paul’s valuation days please visit: https://www.henryaldridge.com/valuations/valuation-days/south-west/