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The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow has has been informing viewers on valuables and collectibles for 40 years.

And for more than half that time, Marc Allum has been one of the experts. He specialises in the miscellaneous objects brought to the show but when he appears in Diss he will focus on just one item: the chair.

“After this talk you will never again take your seat for granted,” is his promise.

Marc Allum of BBC's Antiques Roadshow
Marc Allum of BBC's Antiques Roadshow

The journalist, broadcaster and freelance antiques expert is the first speaker in the Diss Arts Society autumn programme of lectures.

Society chairman Vivienne Weeks has heard part of his “2000 years of sitting down” lecture in London and is “excited” by the prospect of his appearance in Diss. “ He knows his subject and I can guarantee he is a very good speaker,” she said.”

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If “the chair” might seem to be of limited content for a whole lecture, Mrs Weeks said the talk would range from the humble stool, and the ornate carved chairs of Tudor times to the stylish Danish chairs and the iconic Eames chair – the famous design dating from the 1950s of leather pads inside a moulded wooden shell.

Mr Allum’s talk is on September 17 at Diss Corn Hall. Doors open at 1.45pm and the lecture begins at 2.15pm. It is free to members and guests are invited at a suggested £5 donation.

Three further lectures will make up the autumn season. On October 15, Leslie Primo will talk on Foreigners in London from 1520 to 1677, on November 19 the subject is the Life and Art of Marianne North and the topic for the final lecture on December 10 is Street Art.

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