OPEN MEETING – ‘A Life in Antiques’ – talk by Paul Atterbury

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Our next Open Meeting is on Monday 17th April at the Bowling Club in Abbey Lane – doors open at 2:00 pm for a 2:30 pm start. Our speaker will be Paul Atterbury, best known for his many appearances on BBC TVs ‘Antiques Roadshow’. Paul’s talk is entitled ‘A Life in Antiques’.

PLEASE NOTE: We are expecting a big attendance for this meeting and the legal capacity of the Bowling Club is 100 people. So please come early to avoid disappointment – thank you.

Paul Atterbury was born in London in April 1945. His mother, Audrey Atterbury, was a puppeteer with the BBC and best known for her work on Andy Pandy, Bill & Ben the Flowerpot Men, the Wooden Tops and other children’s series. His father, Rowley Atterbury, was a typographer and printer who set up the innovative Westerham Press.

​Following his education at Westminster School in London, the London School of Printing and the University of East Anglia, Paul graduated with a BA degree in Art History. His career started in the early 1980s with regular appearances on Thames Television’s Afternoon Plus and with TV-AM. In 1990 he was invited to join the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow team of experts and has been a familiar face on the programme ever since. He has also appeared on The Great Antiques Hunt, The Antiques Detectives and The Antiques Show.

​Paul has written or edited over 50 books on art, antiques, ceramics, silver, sculpture, canals, railways, travel and the First World War. At one point he was Britain’s best selling railway writer.

Paul has given well over 2000 lectures to societies, groups, universities, museums, galleries and other institutions all over Britain, in the Netherlands, Belgium, the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. He has curated many exhibitions for museums and galleries, including several for the V&A in London. Since the 1990s he has lived on the west Dorset coast.

There will be refreshments, a free raffle and lots of socialising with your u3a friends – so come along for an entertaining afternoon. We look forward to seeing you there.


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