I recently wrote an article for The Daily Mail’s ‘Weekend’ magazine about my experiences behind the scenes of the Antiques Roadshow. Although I still see myself a a ‘new boy’, I’ve been a specialist on the show for nearly a decade now. How time has flown – and what stories have been uncovered and discoveries made! What’s more, the article made the front cover of the magazine. So a couple of us specialists were asked along to a grand house in North London to do a special photoshoot with celebrity photographer Nicky Johnston. You can see one of the results below. We had so much fun! Our much-loved presenter Fiona Bruce was interviewed, along with other experts including Eric Knowles, Joanna Hardy, and Ronnie Archer-Morgan. My article also covers everything from how filming really works to the research we undertake, and from the most valuable finds we’ve ever made to the most bizarre. For me, the most valuable was a Tiffany glass panel filmed at Towneley Hall in Lancashire that could fetch …

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I was once again asked by Homes & Antiques magazine to be part of an expert panel given the nigh-on impossible task of selecting the ’50 Best Antiques & Vintage Shops’ from across the UK. My colleagues were drawn from across the full spectrum of the modern antiques, decorative and vintage industry today and included homeware designer Sophie Conran, vintage specialist Wayne Hemingway, celebrity interior designer Nicky Haslam, and my fellow Antiques Roadshow expert Katherine Higgins. We raided our exclusive ‘little black books’ to come up with a list of ‘must-visits’ whatever your tastes or however deep (or shallow!) your pockets are. Where do you go to find a fabulous mid-century couch? Or an elegant Georgian sideboard? Homes & Antiques magazine’s article has the answers!

Click here to read about the UK’s 50 Best Antiques & Vintage Shops.

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