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Geoffrey Munn OBE
|Occupation||Antiques expert, television presenter, author,|
|Spouse(s)||Caroline Munn MA|
Geoffrey Charles Munn, OBE, FSA, FLS, FRSA (born in Hastings on 11 April 1953) is a British jewellery specialist, television presenter and writer. He is best known as one of the experts on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow. However, his first television appearance was in the early 1960s when he, and his brother, Roger Munn, featured with their pet fox cubs on Johnny Morris's Animal Magic. He was brought up in Henfield in Sussex and educated at Shoreham College and Steyning Grammar School. Now Munn is the managing director of London jewellers, Wartski where he has worked since the age of 19; his specialisation is 19th-century precious metalwork and Fabergé.
Wartski are jewellers by appointment to HM the Queen and HRH the Prince of Wales. The firm made the Welsh gold wedding rings for the Prince of Wales and Mrs.Camilla Parker Bowles, and Miss Catherine Middleton when she married HRH the Duke of Cambridge in 2011
Munn has a keen interest in every aspect of history and has made a collection of ancient flint tools which he has discovered in the Southwold area of Suffolk. Munn has appeared in several television sequences of "mudlarking" in the Thames at Westminster. Geoffrey Munn is fascinated by both literature and art and has written a number of books, including Southwold, an Earthly Paradise, a pictorial history of his home town. (Antique Collectors' Club 2006). He has written on the drawings of D G Rossetti and JMW Turner. In July 2014 Munn conducted the first in a series called Tate Britain BP Walks Through British Art in which there was an emphasis on jewellery and floral decoration from the Renaissance to the present day.
Munn has curated many exhibitions, including Tiaras at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2002. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Linnean Society of London and The Royal Society of Arts. Munn is an Assistant at the Court of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and a member of the Garrick Club, The Arts Club, the Chelsea Arts Club and the Sailor's Reading Room, Southwold.
Geoffrey Munn is the author of several books about jewellery including Castellani and Giuliano: revivalist jewellers of the nineteenth century (Office du Livre 1984), Artist's Jewellery; Pre-Raphaelite to Arts and Crafts with Charlotte Gere (Antique Collectors' Club 1989), The Triumph of Love: jewellery 1530-1930 (Thames and Hudson 1993), Tiaras: a history of splendour (Antique Collectors' Club, 2003). Munn has also written on the work of the contemporary Italian jeweller and goldsmith Giovanni Corvaja.
In 2007 Munn played himself in Joe's Palace a film by Stephen Poliakoff. In Who's Who he lists his recreations as mudlarking, metal detecting, Bonsai, running, cycling, cooking, museums and art galleries.
Munn is an Ambassador for the Samaritans and patron of the Lowestoft branch; he ran the Flora London Marathon for the charity in 2009 raising £80,000 in sponsorship. Munn is also an Ambassador for the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK and patron of both The Brain Tumour Charity and Sotterley Chapel Preservation Trust. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to charity in the United Kingdom.
He lives in London and Reydon with his wife Caroline.