Treasure for Treasure

Peterborough Cathedral
Saturday 4 May 2019 11:00 - 15:00

Fans of TV antiques shows will love this! TV personality and auctioneer Charles Hanson is at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday 4th May to run 'Treasure for Treasure'.

At this free event people are invited to bring and donate unwanted items of jewellery or small, portable antiques. Charles and fellow experts from Hansons Auctioneers will receive the items for sale at their next appropriate auction. Hansons kindly waive their sellers’ commission so that the entire hammer price can be donated to Peterborough Cathedral, or shared 50/50 between the Cathedral and a parish church within the Peterborough Diocese, chosen by the donor.

Hansons’ specialists will also offer valuations on the day, for items brought along but not for sale, in exchange for a cash donation.  

Treasure for Treasure at the Cathedral is something of a royal occasion too. Lesley Smith, Curator of Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire, will be present in character as ‘Queen Elizabeth I’, entertaining visitors as she holds court, posing for photos and keeping a regal eye on the treasures donated.  

Refreshments will be on sale and, for those with a head for heights, Tower Top Climbs to see the view from the top of the Cathedral tower will also be offered (advance booking advised).

Lesley Smith will be at the Cathedral the evening before, on Friday 3rd May, to perform her Mary, Queen of Scots monologue.


Treasure for Treasure runs from 11.00am until 3.00pm on Saturday 4th May 2019. Entry is free of charge.

Refreshments will be on sale and, for those with a head for heights, Tower Top Climbs to see the view from the top of the Cathedral tower will also be offered (£5 per person or £16 for group of four. Ages 8+ only and booking strongly advised. Book a Tower Top Climb).


Treasure for Treasure logoTreasure for Treasure FAQs

What kind of jewellery will you accept – is it just precious materials or will you accept costume jewellery too?

Yes, as well as jewellery made from gold, silver etc, Hansons will also accept pieces of vintage costume jewellery that are in good condition.

What do you mean by ‘small, portable antiques’?

Porcelain, clocks and watches, militaria, coins, textiles, toys, books … in fact any antique or collectable items in good condition that you are able to carry to the Cathedral.

How much am I expected to give as a cash donation if I bring an item to be valued, rather than for sale?

However much you wish. Any donation is gratefully received, whether it’s 50p or £5. All cash donations on the day will go to support Peterborough Cathedral.  

I would like to donate an item but cannot bring it to the Cathedral on Saturday 4th May. What shall I do?

Any item donated must have paperwork with it, signed by the owner. If you email or call 01733 355315 to ask, we will send this paperwork to you. You can then put the paperwork with your item and arrange to send via an appropriate courier or trusted individual, to arrive at the Cathedral on Saturday 4th May.

Please note that you remain responsible for your item(s) until they are handed over and signed for by Hansons Auctioneers on 4th May. It is not possible to accept items without the necessary paperwork, signed by the donor.

Can I Gift Aid the items I donate, in the same way that you can when giving things to a charity shop?

Yes you can. If you are a UK tax payer who has paid, or will pay in the current financial year, Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax to the value of 25% of proceeds of the items you donate, you can fill in a Gift Aid form. This means that the churches and Cathedral will be able to claim back from the Government and additional 25p for every £1 raised.

Where can I park when I bring my items to the Cathedral?

Although there is no parking in the Cathedral Precincts, except for Blue Badge Holders, there are numerous public car parks nearby. The train and bus stations are also just a short walk away. You can find more information on this page –

Can 50% of the proceeds of selling my item(s) to go any church or charity of my choice?

No, on this occasion Treasure for Treasure is to benefit parish churches in the Diocese of Peterborough, and Peterborough Cathedral.

How do I know if a parish church is in the Diocese of Peterborough?

The Diocese of Peterborough covers Northamptonshire, Rutland and part of Peterborough, but be aware that some of the city of Peterborough is in the Diocese of Ely. You can find a list of the churches in the Peterborough Diocese here –

Can I ask for the whole of the hammer price of my item(s) to go to the Cathedral?

Yes, just indicate this when you complete the paperwork when you donate your item(s).

If you have any further questions, please contact Peterborough Cathedral:


Call 01733 355315 (office hours).

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