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16 February 2010 | PR 10/22

TV antiques expert to auction historical University furniture

Philip Serrell

Philip Serrell

Television antiques expert and Loughborough alumnus Philip Serrell is to auction more than 180 items of Cotswold School bedroom furniture made by Handicraft students in the 1930s.

Serrell, who has been a resident antiques expert on BBC television programmes including Bargain Hunt and Flog It!, studied at Loughborough College of Physical Education. Following a short career as a sports teacher, he took up the post of trainee auctioneer in Worcester before re-qualifying as a chartered surveyor and specialising as a fine art and antiques valuer.

He will return to the University on Thursday 25 February to manage the sale of the furniture which is being cleared ahead of the refurbishment of Hazlerigg Hall in the Central Park of campus.

Lots include desks, wardrobe units with chest of drawers and a bookshelf, side tables, mirrors, and circular and refectory tables, all of which were designed by Peter Waals and built under the direction of Edward Barnsley.

Waals is considered a prime mover in the development and promotion of the Cotswold Tradition of furniture design and making, and in 1935 became a consultant in design for the handicraft course in Loughborough College’s Teacher Training Department until his death in 1937.

“It was a huge achievement for me to get to Loughborough and an even bigger one for me to last the three years. It’s something I’m immensely proud of, said Serrell.

“I really enjoyed my time there and it’s nice to be involved again, get back onto campus and help out the University.

“I’m used to selling furniture similar to the Hazlerigg lots, but it is unusual to sell so many at the same time. It represents a great opportunity for bidders to pick up a good buy and I’d urge people to come along and have a look at what we’ve got to sell.”

Proceeds of the sale will go to the University’s Creative Scholarship Fund which supports students in art and design, enabling the most talented to study at Loughborough regardless of their social or economic circumstances, and developing resources and opportunities to help such artists and designers realise their full potential.

The sale will be hosted in Hazlerigg Hall on Thursday 25 February from 10.30am. Viewing is from 2-8pm on Wednesday 24 February and on the morning of the sale from 9-10.15am.

A full catalogue will be available online at www.serrell.com from Monday 22 February.


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Amanda Overend
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Loughborough University
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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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