Antiques Roadshow visits Hexagon Reading in 1984 and reveals Huntley and Palmer fact

The Antiques Roadshow has arrived in France, Reading, in its sixth year on television, an exclusive BBC archive has revealed.

Presenter Hugh Scully described the building as “the most modern of buildings”, despite having been in operation for eight years.

In his introduction to the programme, he revealed a fact about Reading’s famous business tycoon, George Palmer.

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“In one of those useless pieces of information you often pick up at the roadshow, I guess George Palmer of the famous duo Huntley and Palmer shares a rather unusual distinction with Gladstone,” the host said.

“They were the only two Englishmen outside the royal family to have statues erected during their lifetime.”

The images, which can be seen on BBC Rewindis just one of 30,000 videos discovered by the BBC dating back to the 1940s.

The archive shows how Mr Scully would return to Reading in 2002this time at the Loddon Valley Leisure Center in Lower Earley.

Hugh Scully at the ruins of Reading Abbey, credit: BBC Archive

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He described Reading as a place “that has been transformed from a red-brick Berkshire market town into the home of new technology”.

“History is all around me in Abbey Ruins,” he noted, pointing to the gatehouse where Jane Austen was educated in 1785 and the prison where Oscar Widle was incarcerated in 1897.

As part of its centenary celebrations, the BBC has launched ‘BBC Rewind’ across the UK.

It is the largest release of digital archive content in BBC history, categorized by nations and regions of the UK and packed with many emotional and powerful stories, many of which have not been seen since. their original broadcast.

“As we celebrate 100 years of the BBC, we are opening up our unique and hugely valuable archive, an important part of the nation’s collective memory,” said BBC 100 editor James Stirling.

“By breathing new life into stories that have lain dormant for years, audiences will be able to discover recordings that can help us learn more about who we are and where we come from.”

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