‘Antiques Master’ to be filmed at Towneley Hall

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THE jewel in Burnley’s crown – Towneley Hall – will once again be sparkling on national television.

BBC show Antiques Master is coming back to Burnley to film a second series next week and it will air on prime time BBC2 later in the year.

The programme sees antiques lovers from around the country compete in a string of challenges designed to test their knowledge of different collections, periods and the value of antiques, led by presenters Sandi Toksvig and antiques specialist Eric Knowles.

During the filming, access to the Great Hall, Regency Rooms and Long Gallery will be affected. All visitors are requested to enter via the shop, and there will be a reduced entry fee for non Burnley residents as a result. Entry remains free if you live in the borough.

On days when filming is not taking place, and with the agreement of the BBC, a small number of visitors may be permitted to go and see the set with one of Towneley’s guides.

Mr Ken Darwen, manager of Towneley Hall, said: “We’re delighted that the BBC have returned to Towneley to film a second series, as it was great to have them here last year.

“The programme was great publicity for the hall and it made us very proud to have Towneley broadcast into homes across the UK. We hope that everyone will be tuned in when the programme airs later in the year.”