Hartlepool features on BBC TV’s Antiques Road Trip

Anita Manning and museums manager Mark Simmons outside Hartlepool's Maritime Experience.
Anita Manning and museums manager Mark Simmons outside Hartlepool's Maritime Experience.

Hartlepool will be in the national spotlight again tomorrow when it features in BBC TV’s Antiques Road Trip.

The popular programme involves two antiques experts setting off on a road trip around the UK, searching for treasures and competing to make the most money from them at auction.

The latest episode – which will air on BBC One at 4.30pm tomorrow – features experts Anita Manning and David Harper shopping in Yorkshire and County Durham before heading off to auction in Newcastle.

Anita was filmed visiting the Museum of Hartlepool at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience to find out about the personal stories of those who were caught up in the German naval bombardment of the Hartlepools in 1914.

A total of 130 civilians and military personnel were killed and more than 500 were wounded when German warships fired more than a thousand shells on the Hartlepools just after eight o’clock on the morning of December 16.

The Headland’s Heugh Gun Battery returned fire in what was the only battle to be fought on British soil during World War One, and one of the Battery’s soldiers, Theo Jones of the Durham Light Infantry, became the first British soldier to be killed by enemy action on home ground in the war.

Mark Simmons, the council’s museums manager, said: “It was lovely to meet Anita and she was absolutely charming.

“We showed her original items relating to the bombardment and also took her to see the bombardment memorial which was unveiled last year near the Heugh Gun Battery. She was clearly fascinated and moved by the story of such a major national event.”

It comes after the town has featured in a string of TV shows have been filmed in Hartlepool including the popular detective show Vera which saw a production team recording on the Headland earlier this month.

Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, vice-chair of the council’s Regeneration Services Committee, added: “Hartlepool has a strong reputation for welcoming television production companies to the town, including for programmes such as Inspector George Gently and Vera, and Antiques Road Trip is a great opportunity for us to share our history with the rest of the country.”