THE small screen beckons for a historic gem on the Black Isle today (Friday) when Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage and Museum airs on the BBC.
The Cromarty-based museum, which is run by the National Trust for Scotland, will feature in the latest episode of popular TV show Antiques Road Trip.
The site was visited in November to record the show, with a TV crew spending a day filming at the museum and around the town in preparation for today’s broadcast at 4.30pm.
On the final leg of their visit to Scotland, shows Izzie Balmer, an auctioneer and art dealer David Harper soak up the atmosphere of Cromarty and learn about its most famous son, Hugh Miller, before making a good bargain at a local antique dealer. store.
The BBC1 program will hear from Dr Alix Powers Jones, the property manager of Birthplace Cottage and Museum. Alix tells antiquities expert David Harper about the life of the famous polymath Hugh Miller, geologist, writer and pioneering folklorist. But while Alix is a Miller expert herself, she admitted the tricky part of being in front of a TV camera was keeping her hands still.
She revealed, “I quickly discovered that waterproof rustling and my usual hand waving doesn’t make a happy microphone. Unable to speak if I can’t wave my hand, I compromised and waved, accentuated and underlined my words with the other hand!
On the show, Alix reads aloud from a letter written to Hugh Miller. by his contemporary Charles Darwin, to whom the theory of natural selection is attributed. Alix said: “This short letter is respectful, reverent even of Miller and his studies. The man who would become a leader in understanding human evolution writes with genuine feeling to Miller about his work.
“The next time you visit the Hugh Miller Museum, read the transcript aloud for yourself and form your own connection with Darwin and Miller – it’s an experience that won’t disappoint.”
Alix added, “Hopefully our episode of Antiques Road Trip will inspire more people to visit.”
The show will also be available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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