'Heirloom Experts' at Family Tree Live


14 February 2020
Do you have a family heirloom you'd love to know more about? Bring it along to Family Tree Live on Friday 17 April and get advice from TV antique experts Catherine Southon and Stephanie Connell…
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It's time to get up in your attic and bring down those treasured family heirlooms as we launch the first 'Heirloom Experts' session at Family Tree Live!

It could be an old painting, a piece of jewellery, an item from wartime… we're so excited to see what treasures will be brought along. And we're giving you the chance to find out much more about the item, putting it into historical context and adding more information to your family story.

Meet the experts from Antique's Road Trip

Catherine Southon and Stephanie Connell, regulars on popular BBC shows such as Antique's Road Trip and Bargain Hunt, will be examining and valuing your heirlooms and antiques on Friday 17 April at the Family Tree Live event, being held at London's historic Alexandra Palace.

Stephanie told us: 'Heirloom Experts will offer a chance to learn more about the pieces you have in your collection. Have you ever wanted to know more about an object in your collection? By bringing your pieces along (or photographs of them) we can offer you an insight into their past, and financial value .' 

Catherine said: 'Antiques help us keep history alive and part of of our legacy lives on in the things we leave behind. If you have an heirloom you would like to know more about bring it along to us, if you have too many items or the item is too large then bring photographs along. The more information you have about the item the better.'

Book your Heirloom Expert appointment

Just like the Family Tree Live workshops and lectures, the Heirloom Experts service is included in the ticket price, but making an appointment is encouraged. Appointments are available on Friday 17 April from 9:30am to 3pm. Book in advance to avoid disappointment by contacting Stephanie by email: info@stephanieconnell.com

.…and don't forget to book your Family Tree Live tickets.

Please note the Heirloom Experts is only available on the Friday of Family Tree Live. If you can't make the Friday at Ally Pally, Catherine and Stephanie would be very happy to talk to you about your heirloom, just contact them using the websites: www.catherinesouthon.co.uk and www.stephanieconnell.com   

More about our Heirloom Experts

Catherine Southon

Catherine has worked in the world of antiques for over 20 years. She began her career working at Sotheby’s Bond Street. 

After working at Sotheby’s for 8 years, Catherine subsequently became a freelance valuer before establishing Catherine Southon Auctioneers and Valuers.

From 2003 onwards, Catherine has made regular appearances as an expert and presenter on a number of BBC Antiques programmes including Bargain Hunt, Flog it!, Antiques Road Trip, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, and Trade Secrets.

Catherine has also contributed to a number of books including Judith Millers Dictionary of Art and Antiques. Catherine’s love is Modern British art and fine early silver. Her favourite item sold to date at our auctions is a pair of Victorian silver salts in the form of kangaroos which sold for a staggering £18,000.

Stephanie Connell

Stephanie is based in Surrey and has worked in the art and antique sector for over 15 years.

Her online store offers design led and iconic pieces, including important graphic design, strong design aesthetic and historically important collectors items.

Stephanie has worked in conjunction with a number of high profile institutions and companies, during her career, including the Natural History Museum, Bonhams, and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), she has also appeared on BBC programmes including Antiques Road TripCelebrity Antiques Road Trip, Bargain Hunt, and The Antiques Roadshow.

An expert in 20th-century popular culture, Stephanie and her team uniquely offer a full service package including retail, private consultation valuations, acquisition and sales advice.

About Family Tree Live

Everyone has a family story, discover yours at Family Tree Live, the annual family history celebration held at London's historic Alexandra Palace, in partnership with the Family History Federation and sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA and FamilySearch. 

Learn with lectures and workshops, meet family history society members, share stories with fellow genealogists, discover how to trace your roots with top experts and so much more! Book your ticket today!