On Thursday 9th November we held a very special Antiques Roadshow style book signing and fundraising event. Led by local Antiques Roadshow expert Marc Allum. Visitors were treated to a light hearted Antiques Roadshow 40th Anniversary talk and book signing. Marc’s book ‘The Antiques Roadshow 40th Anniversary Best Finds’ features our lovely Maria Heathcote painting which has lived in our Reception area overlooking the school for at least 40 years. The painting featured on the show back in 2016, after filming took place at Bowood House in the summer of 2015.
The evening held in our school’s Reception area gave guests the chance to view the painting for themselves while being entertained by Marc and 6th Form students who provided some amazing live music. There was another opportunity to view some of the school’s old yearbooks and watch the video recently made in the school’s attics for the school’s Open House event back in the spring.
The event will help to raise much needed funds for the cleaning and restoration of the Maria Heathcote painting. Marc has been very generous with his time since he first visited us in 2015 and has been really keen to help us with our fundraising efforts. When the painting appeared on the Antiques Roadshow expert Dendy Easton told staff and students that the painting of Maria Heathcote painted in the 1700's had never been cleaned. It was decided quite quickly that Maria should get her clean so fundraising began.
Many thanks to everyone who attended and special thanks must go to Marc Allum and Devizes Books who made the event a real success.
Mrs K Sims
Finance/PR Devizes School.