The Heritage Game



John Julius Norwich


Channel 4, 1 May to 17 July 1985


Antiques game played in stately homes. The owner of the house challenged two experts to identify certain possessions. Whilst the experts very often quite easily identified what they were seeing, it was the stories of how these objects came to be in the house that provided the interest.

For example, a couple of old glass bottles turned out to have been found under the floor boards of a room that Elizabeth I occupied. Were they hers? A travelling case was left behind belonging to Edward VII, then Prince of Wales. He was dallying with the lady of the house when her husband suddenly returned from abroad, and so leapt out of a window leaving his shaving box behind.


Cecil Korer


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