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A guide to upcycling and repurposing

Our helpful guide will help you to understand the difference between upcycling and repurposing.

How to clean vinyl records and store them safely

Cleaning your vinyl collection effectively is key to maintaining it in the best possible condition.

Tantalus treasures: how to recognise quality antique tantaluses

Originally patented in 1881 by George Betjemann, a tantalus is a wooden container for glass decanters, characterised by a lock and key.

Christmas shopping - why antiques make the perfect gift

Hemswell Antique Centres make a wonderful day out for your Christmas shopping, with a maze of rooms in each building just waiting to be explored.

Why WW1 and WW2 posters are more popular than ever

With more than a century having passed since the end of the Great War in 1918, there has never been a better time to collect WW1 propaganda posters. Add to that the celebrations for the 75th anniversary of D-Day which occurred last year, and it is easy to see why this is the perfect time to source the best posters from WW2 as well.
A pine table guide for every room in the house

A pine table guide for every room in the house

Pine tables are functional, beautifully crafted and aesthetically pleasing, and are one of the few items of furniture that can work well in any room of the house. With over a hundred species, pine is a perennial favourite and gives a distinctive look to furniture, whether your preference is for the paler finish or the more yellowy tones that can be found.

Why scientific equipment is one of the most fascinating niches in antiques

Scientists have long employed a range of elegant, genius and sometimes macabre instruments which have fascinated and repulsed generations in equal measure. From antique medical equipment like the tongue guillotine (yes, really!), to microscopes and cameras, this niche area of collectables offers variety to the collector.

The best places to sell vinyl records in the UK

Once the popular choice with teenagers for listening to music from home, the vinyl record was overtaken in popularity by the CD and then streaming channels such as Spotify.

How to decorate your home with vintage ceramics

Don’t relegate your vintage ceramics to the bathroom and kitchen! Beautiful and versatile, vintage ceramics can be introduced into every room in the house

The world of antique ceramic – what’s valuable and what’s not

From the living room to the bathroom, antique ceramic pieces can reinvigorate any space and although some may be centuries old, ceramic is as popular today as ever, amongst interior enthusiasts desiring traditional designs.