Judith Miller (antiques expert)

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Judith Miller
Judith Henderson Cairns

(1951-09-16)16 September 1951
Galashiels, Scotland
Died8 April 2023(2023-04-08) (aged 71)
London, England
Occupation(s)Antiques expert, author, broadcaster
  • Martin Miller
    (m. 1978; div. 1992)
  • John Wainwright
    (m. 2015)

Judith Henderson Miller (née Cairns; 16 September 1951 – 8 April 2023) was a Scottish antiques expert, writer, and broadcaster.

Early career[edit]

Born Judith Henderson Cairns in Galashiels, Scotland, Miller first began collecting antiques while studying history at the University of Edinburgh.[1][2] In 1979, she co-wrote the Miller's Antiques Price Guide with her first husband, Martin Miller, whom she had married the year before, and had two children with.[1][2][3]

Television presenter[edit]

Miller worked as a consultant to and co-presenter of eight series of The Antiques Trail (Meridian, HTV and Discovery), run on ITV.[4] She had also presented It's Your Bid for the Discovery Channel. She was a regular expert on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow, and also appeared on Priceless Antiques Roadshow.[4]

Miller co-presented The House Detectives on BBC Two.[5]

Journalism and lecturer[edit]

Miller was a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines including BBC Homes & Antiques, where she wrote a four-page feature on "Starting a Collection". She also wrote the antiques column for The Scotsman magazine and a monthly feature for the Financial Times weekend supplement "House and Home". She was the antiques and collecting columnist for The Daily Telegraph.[4] Miller was also the antiques agony aunt with Antiques and Collectables magazine. She wrote a monthly feature in Canadian Home and Country magazine and was a regular contributor to US Traditional Home and Country Living.[citation needed]

Miller also regularly lectured at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Smithsonian.[6]

Publishing and select bibliography[edit]

In 2001, Miller embarked on a joint venture with Dorling Kindersley to publish two full-colour annual price guides to antiques and collectables, a series of specialist collectors guides and price guides beginning with costume jewellery. In 2007 she returned to Miller's, an imprint of Octopus Books (a division of Hachette Livre).[citation needed]

Personal life and death[edit]

After her marriage to Martin Miller ended in divorce in 1992, Miller began a relationship with John Wainwright, and they had one son. The family lived in North London as of 2004.[7] Miller and Wainwright married in 2015.[4]

Miller died at a hospital in North London on 8 April 2023, at the age of 71.[4][8]


Miller published more than 100 books on antiques and interiors, including:

  • Co-founder Miller's Antiques Price Guide (first edition 1979)
  • Miller's Collectables Price Guide (first edition 1989)
  • Classic Style (Mitchell Beazley), ISBN 978-1-84000-050-4
  • Country Finishes and Effects (Mitchell Beazley), ISBN 978-1-85732-888-2
  • Country Style (Mitchell Beazley), ISBN 978-1-85732-465-5
  • Miller's How to Make Money out of Antiques, ISBN 978-1-85732-584-3
  • Miller's Antiques and Collectables
  • Miller's Antiques Checklists – 12 titles
  • Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia, ISBN 978-1-84533-433-8
  • Miller's Pine and Country Furniture Buyer's Guide, ISBN 978-1-84000-374-1
  • Miller's Understanding Antiques, ISBN 978-1-85732-857-8
  • Period Details (Mitchell Beazley), ISBN 978-1-85732-043-5
  • Period Details Sourcebook (Mitchell Beazley), ISBN 978-1-84000-137-2
  • Period Paint Finishes (Mitchell Beazley)
  • Period Style (Mitchell Beazley), ISBN 978-0-85533-731-5
  • Period-style Soft Furnishings (Mitchell Beazley), ISBN 978-1-85732-792-2
  • The Style Source Book (Mitchell Beazley)
  • Victorian Style (Mitchell Beazley), ISBN 978-1-85732-955-1
  • Wooden Houses (Ryland Peters & Small), ISBN 978-1-84172-175-0
  • Victoriana, ISBN 978-0-905879-06-2
  • Miller's Pocket Antiques Factfile, ISBN 978-0-670-82059-7
  • Period Finishes and Effects (Mitchell Beazley), ISBN 978-0-8478-1569-2
  • Miller's Classic Motorcycles Price Guide (Mick Walker), ISBN 978-1-84000-962-0
  • More Period Details: The House Renovator's Bible (Mitchell Beazley), ISBN 978-0-609-60410-6
  • Care & Repair of Antiques & Collectables (Mitchell Beazley), ISBN 978-1-84533-418-5
  • Great Escapes (Ryland, Peters & Small), ISBN 978-1-84172-000-5
  • Judith Miller's Guide to Period-Style Curtains and Soft Furnishings (Mitchell Beazley), ISBN 978-1-58567-054-3
  • A Closer Look at Antiques (Marshall Publishing), ISBN 978-0-8212-2734-3
  • Colour (Marshall Publishing), 978-1840282917
  • The Illustrated Dictionary of Antiques and Collectables (Marshall Publishing), ISBN 978-1-84028-337-2
  • The Antiques Hunter's Guide to Europe (Marshall Publishing), ISBN 978-1-84028-334-1
  • BBC Antiques Roadshow Antiques Price Guide 2008 (30th Anniversary Edition), ISBN 978-1-4053-2543-1
  • Dorling Kindersley Antiques Price Guide US 2003–2008 (annual)
  • Dorling Kindersley Collectables Price Guide UK 2003–2008 (annual)
  • Dorling Kindersley Collectibles Price Guide US 2003–2008 (annual)
  • Dorling Kindersley German Antiques Price Guide 2004–2005 & 2006–2007
  • Grund French Antiques Price Guide 2004–2008 (annual)
  • Dorling Kindersley Collectors Guide to Costume Jewellery, ISBN 978-1405318129
  • Dorling Kindersley Collectors Guide to Art Nouveau, ISBN 978-1-4053-0251-7
  • Dorling Kindersley Collectors Guide to Art Deco, ISBN 978-1-4053-0754-3
  • Dorling Kindersley Collectors Guide to Arts & Crafts, ISBN 978-1-4053-0882-3
  • Dorling Kindersley Collectors Guide to 20thC Glass, ISBN 978-1-4053-0592-1
  • Dorling Kindersley Collectors Guide to Tribal Art, ISBN 978-1-4053-1289-9
  • Inspired Interiors, Jacqui Small Editions, Aurum Press, ISBN 978-1-903221-55-6
  • Reader's Digest Buy Keep or Sell, ISBN 978-1-4053-4514-9
  • Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia of Furniture, ISBN 978-0-13-243642-7
  • Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts, ISBN 978-1-4053-1290-5
  • Dorling Kindersley Collectors Pocket Book: Handbags, ISBN 978-0-7566-1920-6
  • Dorling Kindersley Collectors Pocket Book: Metal Toys, ISBN 978-1-4053-0624-9
  • Dorling Kindersley Collectors Pocket Book: Perfume Bottles, ISBN 978-1-4053-0625-6
  • Dorling Kindersley Collectors Pocket Book: The Sixties, ISBN 978-1-4053-0628-7
  • "Modern Country or Country by Jacqui Small Editions", Aurum Press
  • Dorling Kindersley The Antiques Detective, ISBN 978-1-4053-4196-7
  • Dorling Kindersley BBC Antiques Roadshow A-Z of Antiques and Collectables, ISBN 978-1-4053-1765-8
  • Miller's Antiques Price Guide 2009, ISBN 978-1-84533-313-3
  • Miller's Collectables Price Guide 2009, ISBN 978-1-84533-442-0
  • Miller's Fact Book, ISBN 978-1-84533-430-7
  • Miller's Shoes, ISBN 978-1-84533-475-8
  • Miller's Watches, ISBN 978-1-84533-476-5
  • Chairs, ISBN 978-1-84091-523-5
  • 20th Century Design, ISBN 978-1-84533-513-7
  • Miller's Collectables Handbook 2010–2011, ISBN 978-1-84533-514-4
  • Miller's Antiques Handbook & Price Guide 2010–2011, ISBN 978-1-84533-515-1


  1. ^ a b Betts Hickman, Elizabeth (6 January 2004). "Antiquing with Judith Miller: Nostalgia and greed drive the collectors' market". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b McGlone, Jackie (18 October 2003). "Fire and Ice". The Scotsman. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
  3. ^ Thorton, Kay. "Martin Miller (1946 - 2013)". www.salvoweb.com. Salvo. Retrieved 13 April 2023.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Judith Miller, co-founder of Miller's Antiques Price Guide and stalwart Antiques Roadshow expert – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 14 April 2023. Retrieved 14 April 2023.
  5. ^ The Independent (UK), "TV Reviews," including "The House Detectives" with Judith Miller (scroll down)
  6. ^ "About us". Octopus Publishing Group. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
  7. ^ Kooker, Naomi R. (29 August 2004). "Labor of Love". The Boston Globe. Globe Newspaper Company. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
  8. ^ Green, Penelope (6 May 2023). "Judith Miller, 'Antiques Roadshow' Mainstay, Is Dead at 71". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 May 2023.

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