From the Archives of Queen’s University
Tuesday November 22, 2005 — They came, they saw, they appraised. Now tune in to discover the treasures unearthed by Antiques Roadshow appraisers during their search-and-describe mission at Queen’s University.
Earlier this year, CBC television’s popular Antiques Roadshow program stopped at Queen’s campus as part of its cross-Canada tour. Now the campus is the backdrop for two episodes of the national prime time program being broadcast in early December.
Thousands of people dropped by the Antiques Roadshow during its stop at Queen’s. The venue, Grant Hall, is one of the campus’s most recognizable landmarks and a fitting backdrop for the history-based show. It has hosted concerts, lectures, public meetings, convocations, dances, exams – and during WWI was used as a military hospital. On May 23, it was the backdrop for treasured items and stories while an orderly and cheerful crowd of ticket holders worked its way through long line-ups to meet with the show’s appraisers.
The first of the two shows from the Queen’s University location, airing on Dec. 1, offers an appraisal of one of the school’s major athletic trophies. Henk Pardoel of Athletics and Recreation brought the Jenkins Trophy for evaluation. The trophy, donated in the 1920s by Toronto art appraiser and long-time Queen’s supporter Thomas Jenkins, is awarded each year to the top graduating male athlete. Roadshow silver expert Roger Crowther pegged the trophy as a finely crafted English champagne cistern circa 1896 that contains a fair bit of solid silver. Crowthers conservatively estimated its value at around $30,000.
Also on the first episode, Queen’s professor Barbara Klempan tells the Roadshow crew about Queen’s Art Conservation program, Canada’s only Master’s degree program in this multidisciplinary field involving the examination, interpretation, analysis, and conservation of cultural, historic, and artistic objects.
The Antiques Roadshow is a human interest television show in which antique appraisers travel to various regions of the country. Local people bring their possessions to be evaluated for authenticity and interest and an approximate valuation is given. Often, the professional evaluators give in-depth historical, craft, or artistic context to the antique. Described as a mystery, a game show and a history lesson all in one, it is hosted by television personality Valerie Pringle and is now in its second season in Canada.
The Queen’s episodes will air on CBC’s main network on Thursday Dec. 1 and 8 in the program’s regular time slot of 8 p.m. They repeat on CBC’s Newsworld on Friday Dec. 2 and 9 at 8 and 11 p.m.
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via Press Release from the Queen’s University News Centre