Magna welcomes Dickinson's Real Deal to Rotherham

20 March 2014

 South Yorkshire antique lovers are invited to come to the filming of one of ITV’s top daytime shows – Dickinson’s Real Deal.

Magna Science Adventure Centre will play host to the show, regularly watched by over a million people, when its cameras roll into the former steelworks on Saturday April 12th.

Hundreds of people are expected to come along on the day with antiques and collectibles they’d like to get valued, sell to a dealer or put up for auction under the watchful eye of Real Deal guru David Dickinson.

David said: “It’s great to bring the show to Magna in Rotherham. I remember visiting South Yorkshire with the show several years ago. The items brought in were fantastic, great quality – with fabulous history and stories attached.”

John Silker, general manager of Magna Trust: “We’re looking forward to welcoming David and the Real Deal team to Magna.

“Magna is a remarkable building which embodies the living history and industrial heritage of the area and it will be interesting to see what family treasures and local artefacts people bring in for the experts to have a look at.”

This is not the first time TV has been on location at Magna. The BBC’s Children in Need live programme was broadcast from here and most recently CBBC filmed an episode of kids’ drama The Sparticle Mystery here.

TV production companies are just some of the diverse range of organisations which look to Magna as a destination. The venue also has bookings for dance, music and sporting events on its calendar as well as business events and conferences such as the Yorkshire International Business Convention which will be held here in May with speakers including BBC’s Robert Peston and South Yorkshire actor Brian Blessed.

John said: “ITV’s trip to Magna shows again what a tremendously versatile venue it is with plenty of space and a scope for corporate, cultural, educational and family-focused activities. It attracts people from all walks of life across the UK and is a landmark attraction for the region.”

If you’d like to bring an item along to the Dickinson’s Real Deal show, come to Magna on Saturday April 12th between 9am – 5pm. Admission is free to the show, but please bring along a form of ID.

The family visitor attraction will be open as usual on the day 10am to 5pm.

For further information about events at Magna contact or call 01709 723102.


Photo shows David Dickinson of Dickinson’s Real Deal.

For more information, contact Lisa Woolhouse at Magna on 01709 723145 or at

Magna is visitor attraction, education resource and corporate/events venue which can cater for up to 3,000 people.

Historically, Magna is housed in the giant former Templeborough steel works, which opened in 1916 and at its height employed 10,000 people. It shut in 1993 and was mothballed until its conversion to Magna in 2001. At one time the steelworks, which were a mile long, were said to be Europe’s largest. There were 14 open-hearth furnaces and 14 chimneys, which were replaced in the 1960s with electric arc furnaces. One of the arc furnaces is now a giant pyrotechnic display in the visitor centre called the Big Melt. The steelworks, which became known as Steelos, after the owners Steel, Peech and Tozer, produced up to 18 million tonnes of steel a year. Regular steel tours telling the story of Magna are led by former steel workers.

Magna Science Adventure Centre has more than 100 hands-on exhibits designed to explore the four elements of air, water, earth and fire. Outside, it boasts the Sci-Tek adventure play area and the Aqua-Tek water play area, which is open during the warmer months. The visitor attraction is open every day, 10am to 5pm. Visit 

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