Monday 21 April 2014
M&H News

Adam Schoon, a regular contributor to the BBC Antiques Roadshow programme, has been appointed to The Bowes Museum’s Board of Trustees.

Mr Schoon is an independent antiques & fine art valuer and speaker as well as a broadcaster. He has 28 years’ continuous experience in valuing art and antiques, having started at the age of 16.


Now a Consultant Senior Valuer for the North Yorkshire auctioneers, Tennants, the largest provincial saleroom in the UK, he is head of the insurance/probate/tax valuations department and also in charge of the cataloguing of the tri-annual Catalogue Sales.


Since 2000 he has been a regular contributor on the miscellaneous desk of the Antiques Roadshow, and was previously the BBC art and antiques consultant – and occasional on screen expert – for the long running and popular series Going for a Song. He is also a consultant to several leading Trading Standard’s Services across the UK, and is often employed as a specialist expert witness by the legal profession. He is a former national judge for the BACA (British Antiques and Collectables Awards).


Mr Schoon praised The Bowes Museum’s porcelain collection, which he said was ‘fantastically looked after by Keeper of Ceramics, Howard Coutts.’


“It gives the chance to see many pieces from Continental factories that so few museums across the whole of the UK can match,” said Mr Schoon, who described it as ‘just wonderful for ceramics students.’ He also praised the Bowes’ collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain.


Sir Mark Wrightson, a former Co-Chairman of Close Brothers Corporate Finance Ltd until his retirement two years ago, also becomes a trustee. He was formerly Chairman of the London Investment Banking Association Corporate Finance Committee and a member of the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers. He is a non executive director of Amlin plc and of Domino Printing Sciences plc. He was a non executive director of British Vita plc from 2004 until its sale in 2005, and of Tees Valley Regeneration Ltd for six years.


Mr Schoon and Sir Mark will be joined on the Board by Sir Andrew Morritt.


Museum Director Adrian Jenkins said: “We are delighted to be welcoming new trustees onto the board. It is an exciting time for them to begin their tenure as The Bowes Museum undergoes a period of capital redevelopments aimed at raising the Museum’s profile and encouraging more visitors to the region.”


The Bowes Museum is open daily from 10.00. As part of the stunning transformation taking place over the next few weeks a limited catering and retail service is available. This will be replaced by upgraded facilities, including a passenger operated lift, early in the New Year. A full programme of events and exhibitions is available by calling 01833 690606 or by viewing the website at


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