The BBC Antiquities Road Trip will showcase some of the North East’s most famous landmarks

Historic landmarks in the North East are set to feature on the Antiques Road Trip TV show for two days.

The BBC show, which should not be confused with Antiques Roadshow, sees two antiques experts go head-to-head with a budget of £200 to buy antiques and collectibles which are then auctioned off.

And in Thursday’s episode (January 27), experts Irita Marriott and Phil Serrell scour the region, from Barnard Castle to Newcastle, in search of the best ways to spend their money.

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Irita also returns to the height of British seaside holidays and stops at the Spanish town of Whitley Bay, where she discusses the history of the iconic building.

The monument, which dates back to 1910, has been restored as part of a major restoration program and now houses food and beverage outlets as well as a gift shop and reception area.

On Friday (January 28), the television crew will travel to Northumberland, stopping at a former school hall that is now a museum.

Lady Waterford Hall, part of the Ford and Etal estates, will serve as the backdrop for the final leg of Irita and Phil’s tour.

The room, originally commissioned by Lady Louisa Waterford as a school for local children, is adorned with watercolors that were painted on site for 21 years and influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite movement.



Spanish City to Whitley Bay to feature on BBC’s Antiques Road Trip

The figures were modeled after school children and villagers and painted in Louisa’s studio. It still served as a school until the 1950s, before being moved to another location in the village of Ford.

Vicky Smith-Lacey, Heritage Curator at Lady Waterford Hall, said: “Although well known to the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood and even to royalty in her day, Louisa’s work has fallen into obscurity.

“She should be remembered not only for her incredible artistry, but also for her tireless efforts to alleviate the suffering of her tenants.

“A nationwide audience is nothing more than Louisa deserves, and we hope Antiques Road Trip viewers will come and see her artistic masterpiece for themselves.

“We are a small museum, run by a charitable trust and we rely on donations to keep us open. A national audience will help us protect this artistic treasure for posterity.

“You won’t find a classroom like this anywhere else in the world. Lady Waterford Hall’s murals, painted to help educate children, are not just a Pre-Raphaelite triumph, they are a testament to the people who lived and worked here in Victorian times.

“The museum has something for art and history buffs, as well as families and children – we even welcome dogs. The lobby and surrounding Ford Model Village are a step back in time. is a must on any trip to Northumberland.”

Both episodes, Thursday and Friday, will air on BBC One at 4.30pm.

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