Wellington's weird and wonderful

Last updated 11:29 13/11/2012
Curious times: Museum of Wellington City & Sea manager Paul Thompson prepars for The Curiosity Roadshow.

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Wellingtonians are emptying their attics and dusting off hidden treasures for the capital's answer to Britain's Antiques Roadshow.

The Curiosity Roadshow will be run at the Museum of Wellington City & Sea for the third time.

Three experts will be there to appraise the objects that people bring along.

"Basically [it] came about because people bring stuff into the museum all the time. We wanted to make more of a feature of it," said museum manager Paul Thompson.

It has been so popular that people have had to pre-book objects this year to be appraised.

The experts are Simon Manchester, a ceramics expert and collector, Peter Wedde, an antiques dealer, and Warren Feeney, the director of the Canterbury Society of Arts Charitable Trust.

Mr Thompson said the experts would see about 20 to 30 curios on Saturday.

"We call them curiosities instead of antiques, because about 50 per cent of them are actually contemporary objects."

He said people enjoyed seeing the objects and hearing about them.

"Because it has been so popular, this year in the museum we have a tall screen, three storeys high, where we can film people and their objects so everyone can see it."

Mr Thompson said quite often a person would turn up with something that was not as straightforward as first appeared, such as a crochet hook that turned out to be a Victorian corset lacer.

"We enjoy hearing the personal stories behind the objects and discovering our capital city's hidden treasures," said museum director Brett Mason.

A performer will demonstrate Victorian and Edwardian era musical devices, such as a windup gramophone, at the museum cafe from noon till 1pm.

- Curiosity Roadshow, Saturday, November 17, 11am till 4pm, Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Queens Wharf.

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