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Modern-day work placements at Antiques Roadshow

World-renowned BBC television series, Antiques Road Show, visited Bristol May 17, and four SGS learners had the opportunity to work behind the scenes as part of their college work placement.

The event, which took place at the recently-opened Concorde Museum, welcomed over 1500 visitors, who brought along items for valuation by the show’s antiques experts.

The students spent their time assisting the Antiques Road Show Events Team, managing the public through the event while filming was taking place. The learners managed the questions to the Experts’ Table, interacting with the public, looking after the experts and generally helping to keep the event running smoothly.

In the later part of the day there was more opportunity for the learners to watch the filming close up and get an understanding of how the event side interacts with the filming and how the two combine to create the finished programme seen on air.

Speaking of her experience, student, Lucy Crow, said:

“My time at the Antiques Roadshow was invaluable. We spoke to the crew who gave us a tour and a talk about their experiences within TV. It's an opportunity that I wouldn't have got if it wasn't for my Work Placement Coach at SGS college.”

Learner Ethan Church said:

“I enjoyed being part of the Antiques Roadshow as it gave me a great insight into big scale productions and allowed me to speak with and work alongside industry professionals.”

Caroline De Lane Lea, Event Manager for Antiques Roadshow said:

“The 4 learners were a great addition to our team of stewards on the day. All of them were interested, enthusiastic and willing to muck in - all traits that I believe will take them far. They were a delight to have as part of the team and I am pleased that they enjoyed the experience. I wish them all well with their studies and future careers.”