Henry Sandon

Henry Sandon

Sandon (seated centre) examining porcelain on the Antiques Roadshow
Born Henry George Sandon
(1928-08-10) 10 August 1928
London, England
Education Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe
Known for Authority on Royal Worcester porcelain
Television Antiques Roadshow
Children John Sandon

Henry George Sandon, MBE (born 10 August 1928) is an Antique expert, specialising in ceramics and is a notable authority on Royal Worcester porcelain. He was curator of the Dyson Perrins Museum for many years. He is a writer and television personality.

Early life

Born in the east end of London, Sandon was evacuated to Buckinghamshire during the second world war and finished his schooling at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe. He then studied at the Guildhall School of Music and became a singer and music teacher at the Royal Grammar School Worcester and a lay clerk in the Worcester Cathedral Choir.[2]


He began his career as an archaeologist and his knowledge covers pottery and porcelain of all periods and countries. One of his projects was an excavation at the Royal Worcester factory site. He was appointed the curator of the Dyson Perrins Museum at the Royal Worcester Factory in 1966 and held that position until 1982.[2]

He is widely known in the UK for his many appearances on the long running BBC television programme Antiques Roadshow. He has written many books on the subject of Worcester and other porcelains, and he lectures frequently on the subject.

Personal life

He is the father of ceramics and glass expert John Sandon, who is also a well-known television personality.[3]


In 2000, he was voted Antiques Personality of the Year by the readers of BBC's Homes & Antiques magazine.[4] He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to Broadcasting, the Ceramics Industry, and to Charity.

Publications (selected)

External links


  1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/3MjcCQFCY23HqPgbPDrcQPm/henry-sandon
  2. 1 2 David Battie and Fiona Malcolm (2005). The Antiques Roadshow. Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 1-84533-060-9.
  3. http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/10217071.Antiques_expert_Henry__loses_his_beloved_wife/
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20090418075925/http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/antiquesuk/aboutseries/appraisers/sandon_h.html. Archived from the original on April 18, 2009. Retrieved October 11, 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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