BEXHILL Museum features in a forthcoming edition of BBC2’s Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
An edition featuring Society of Bexhill Museums chairman John Betts is due to be screened at 5.15pm on Wednesday, February 8.
When John received an approach by James Braxton, presenter of the popular BBC 1 antiques programme, last year to film a piece for the forthcoming new series in Bexhill Museum’s motor heritage gallery he couldn’t believe his luck.
Such publicity is a vital boost to the accredited, voluntarily-run independent museum, due to re-open for the 2012 season on Monday, February 6
The concept of the show is that an expert is challenged to buy an antique with their own money and then sell it at a profit.
An element of mystery, of course, surrounded a visit by the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is crew to the Egerton Road museum.
Filming was undertaken in April 2011. The episode was expected to be included in a series scheduled to go out within two to three months. Viewers will have to wait until February 8 to find out exactly what James Braxton had bought and how much John Betts was prepared to pay for it.
But since the producer chose the Motor Heritage Gallery as the backdrop it’s a fair guess that there is an automotive link.
But John believes that both in terms of what he paid for the item and the value the transaction will have in bringing Bexhill Museum’s attractions before a wide and discriminating tv audience makes his private purchase a bargain.
He said: “I beat him down. I got it at just above the minimum price after we haggled in front of the camera.
“I am not going to say at this stage what it is, but I am pleased with my purchase.
“I bought it as a private individual. But I will probably donate it to the museum after the programme is televised.
“I understand that the programme regularly attracts about two and a half million viewers and that the majority of them are retired.
”That is ideal publicity for Bexhill Museum.”
The East Sussex museum’s new motor heritage gallery features three cars with three different means of propulsion but each with a special link with Bexhill.
The replica of the winning Serpollet steam car commemorates the 1902 Bexhill Motor Trials, the first international motor sport event in the UK.
A restored 1957 Mark III Elva symbolises the innovative sports racing cars designed and built in the town by Bexhillian Frank Nichols.
The motor heritage gallery complements a new costume and social history gallery and the original Sargent gallery.
The sleek Volta designed and built by students at St Richard’s Catholic College took - and still holds - a class world land speed record for electric cars.