Antiques Roadshow-inspired event looks to unearth hidden gems

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Do you have a family heirloom that you’re curious to learn more about? Looking for advice on how to care for a cherished antique?

Inspired by the widely successful British television show Antiques Roadshow,Our Stories: sharing the past, connecting community is a free event that aims to bring experts, collectors and curious onlookers together under one roof.

Running on Saturday 18 May from 10am to 4pm at the Peninsula Community Theatre in Mornington, Our Stories will be a must-see for anyone interested in antiques or the history of the Mornington Peninsula.

Just like the celebrated TV show, you can bring along an item on the day to be valued or to get some conservation advice from one of our experts – you’ll just need to register and select an appointment in advance using our Eventbrite page.

So, if you have a suspected treasure stashed away in the attic or some old family photographs that have seen better days, our ‘antique brains trust’ can help to shed some light on your item or give you advice on how to restore it to its former glory.

No family heirloom? No worries, we’ll still have plenty on offer to keep you entertained.

The event will open with a Welcome to Country and speech from the Bunurong Land Council, followed by talks from three guest speakers:

  • Monica Cronin: When were women invented? Including women’s stories is just good history.
  • Sherryn Vardy: Conserving Collectibles.
  • Anne Rowland: Mr Rolland, Something of an Artist.

Afterward, enjoy browsing stalls and collections curated by local historical societies and museums (that make up the Mornington Peninsula Local History Network) and the National Trust. See relics from a bygone era, discover what the Peninsula looked like ‘in olden times’, and chat with members who will be happy to share their knowledge.

Postcards from the Mornington Peninsula, the ever-popular touring exhibition presented by the Local History Network, will also be on show. And if you need a pick-me-up through the day, a coffee cart will be available for refreshments.

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