Posted: Thu 10th Jan 2019

Updated: Thu 10th Jan

Antiques Roadshow recorded in the summer at Erddig to be shown 7pm BBC One on Sunday

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This article is old - Published: Thursday, Jan 10th, 2019

As temperatures soared last July, more than 5,000 visitors flocked to Erddig bringing their family treasures for BBC’s Fiona Bruce and the team of experts.

The Royal Welsh Fusiliers kicked off the BBC event in the morning bringing their mascot – Llywelyn, the goat.

Volunteers made a huge difference to the day and Fiona Bruce met National Trust’s oldest volunteer, Joan Capel, who turned 100 last year.

One of the day’s highlights was seeing Fiona Bruce cycling a replica Penny Farthing in the picturesque garden.



More than one hundred volunteers helped make a difference at the BBC event last summer, working to ensure visitors enjoyed a day out to remember.

The final product will be shown on Sunday on BBC One at 7pm.

As the BBC publicist for the show, Pamela Parkes said: “It was a memorable day at Erddig. Thousands of people came along and brought some fantastic treasures and family memorabilia. We filmed enough to make two very special programmes from Erddig, the first will be aired on BBC One on Sunday January 13th at 7pm.”

Forty five volunteers donned red sashes and straw boaters working in a variety of roles to support the production. A further twenty were out in the car park helping Erddig’s ranger team and the rest supported Erddig’s catering, garden, visitor welcome and fundraising efforts.

Erddig’s bookshop volunteers had a busy day and Joan Capel, the National Trust’s oldest volunteer, enjoyed meeting Fiona Bruce.

Jamie Watson, Erddig general manager, said: “It has been wonderful working with the BBC on one of the country’s best-loved TV programmes.

“It has been a fantastic opportunity to showcase the property and I must say a huge thank you to our team of staff and over a hundred volunteers who’ve helped make the day a success.”

The day’s more unusual visitors included the mascot for the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, a goat named Llywelyn.

Extraordinary things were pulled out of bags, trolleys, bits of newspaper, suitcases and boats on the day.

The show’s experts had the opportunity to see an exciting array of treasures, including a leather jacket worn by Daniel Craig during filming as James Bond and two sketches by Wales’ most famous artist Kyffin Williams. The day also saw a signed personalised letter from Elvis Presley and a Victorian rowing machine.



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