Swanage Lifeboat to appear in latest BBC Antiques Roadshow episode

The BBC is to visit Swanage in Dorset for a third time as part of its latest Antiques Roadshow series presented by TV newsreader Fiona Bruce.

The episode which was filmed in glorious sunshine back in June 2023, will see Fiona find out more about the history of Swanage Lifeboat Station and the wider history of the RNLI, which is marking its bicentenary in 2024.

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Swanage Lifeboat Station

Presenter Fiona Bruce delves into the history of Swanage RNLI which will be 175 years old in 2025

BBC antiques roadshow filming at Prince Albert Gardens
Caroline Abbott

What a day! Perfect summer weather for filming in Swanage

Local divers reveal finds from shipwreck

To be broadcast on BBC One at 8 pm on Sunday 24th March 2024, the show will be the last chance for people to spot friends and relations in the crowd during the recording on Swanage Pier and at Prince Albert Gardens.

The final episode will also feature Swanage’s local diving group and a collection of World War One keepsakes salvaged from the wreck of the S S Kyrra, sunk by a German U-boat just off Durlston Head in May 1918.

SS Kyarra
SS Kyarra

The wreck of SS Kyarra just off Durlston Head is a popular local diving spot

Antiques Roadshow filming in Swanage

Behind you! Expert Ronnie Archer-Morgan loves this sculpture that looks like bronze but isn’t

“Powerful sculpture from South Africa”

In it’s prepublicity information Antiques Roadshow reveals:

“Ronnie Archer-Morgan is moved by a powerful sculpture from South Africa, while Serhat Ahmet celebrates trailblazing potter Hannah Barlow when he sees a rare example of her artistry in ceramics.

“Siobhan Tyrrell sees items of motoring memorabilia that belonged to pioneering female driver Ivy Cummings, while Geoffrey Munn is dazzled by a jewel-encrusted brooch in the shape of a mysterious bird.

“Mark Hill admires the engineering that has gone into a homemade folding bike, while Mark Smith is moved to tears by a pair of aviator’s boots that have a link to a tragic wartime mission that involved his late father.”

In each episode, Fiona is asked to identify the age and value of a group of antique finds. In this show she tries to put three ancient fossils in order of age in a geological challenge set by Marc Allum.

Antiques Roadshow filming in Swanage

Prince Albert Gardens on the day of filming in June 2023

Fiona Bruce and BBC antiques roadshow filming at Prince Albert Gardens

Presenter Fiona Bruce (centre) meets people who have come to watch the filming and find out more about antiques

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