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Paul Atterbury Biography – Paul Atterbury Wiki
Paul Atterbury is an antiques expert, writer, lecturer, curator, historian and broadcaster. He is best known for his appearances on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. He specialises in the art, architecture, design and history of the 19th and 20th centuries.
His television 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, and presented an episode of Timeshift about great ocean liners.
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. His books include Moorcroft Pottery, Dictionary of Minton, Poole Pottery, Cornish Ware, The North of France, The Thames, Country Railways, Branch Line Britain, and Exploring Britain’s Canals.
Paul gives lectures and talks. Over the last forty years Paul has given well over 2000 lectures to societies, groups, universities, museums, galleries and other institutions all over Britain, and in the Netherlands, Belgium, the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, where he has completed six lecture tours. He has also lectured extensively on cruise ships operated by P & O, Cunard, Regent, Fred Olsen, Saga and Noble Caledonia and has worked for ten years as a lecturer and tour leader for Martin Randall Travel.
Paul was formerly a historical adviser to Royal Doulton and editor of The Connoisseur. He has helped to set up and run the Dorchester Literary Festival and has a stage show with Hilary Kay. By training a graphic designer and art historian, he also sells paintings.
Paul was educated at Westminster School in London, the London School of Printing and the University of East Anglia, where he graduated with a BA degree in Art History. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Keele.
Paul Atterbury Age
Antiques Roadshow expert Paul Atterbury was born in April 1945 in London.
Paul Atterbury Wife
Paul Atterbury is married to his wife Chrissie, a Dorset native. The pair married in 2002. Paul celebrated his wife’s 50th birthday watching the Rolling Stones at the Rod Laver stadium in Melbourne on 25th February 2003. Paul lives with his wife in Weymouth, Dorset.
Antiques Roadshow expert Paul Atterbury and his wife Chrissie moved to Dorset, near Bridport, in the early 1990s. They owned a railway carriage home on the Dorset coast at Eype near Bridport. The TV presenter lived at Whin Bridge with his wife Chrissie for 10 years.
They put the home on the market in December 2008. The rolling stock residence, along with two converted beach huts, went on the market with a £495,000 price tag, according to the Dorset Echo.
Paul said at the time: “We had a wonderful ten years in Eype, during which time we have greatly expanded the original railway carriage cottage, which was the reason I came here.
“Chrissie has created a wonderful house and garden. Eype is an exceptional village, for its setting and its great sense of community.
“We hope that whoever takes over Whin Bridge will love it as much as we have, and will enjoy living in it and being part of Eype.”
Paul Atterbury Parents
Paul Atterbury is the son of Rowley and Audrey Atterbury. His mother, Audrey Atterbury, was a puppeteer with the BBC. She was known for her work with the programmes 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.
Paul Atterbury Antiques Roadshow
Paul Atterbury is a long-standing expert on BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow, specialising in 19th and 20th century art and design. He joined the Roadshow in 1990. Despite never having an ambition to appear on television, Paul has been working with the ‘Miscellaneous’ team on the Antiques Roadshow since 1990.
With a huge variety of interests and expertise including railway history, World War I, sculpture and 1920-30s jazz, it is no surprise that Paul has recorded a whole range of objects in his time on the Roadshow.
One of his favourite items turned up in Belfast when Paul was presented with an old camera, which turned out to have been used in the Cottingley Fairy saga. “This was really a case of touching history, and it started me on a quest to find out more about the whole Cottingley story”, he explains.