Sight Life and the Antiques Road Trip. Monday 10th October 2022

7 October 2022

Sight Life will have a short segment about its work, formation and history featured on an episode of the Antiques Road Trip that will air on BBC One at three forty-five PM on Monday 10th October.

The Antiques Road Trip features two antiques experts travelling the length and breadth of the UK in a classic car looking to make the greatest profit from the antiques that they find. Alongside the hunt for antiques, a prominent feature of the show are the historical segments, where we explore the local history of the places that the show visits.

Filming took place in March 2022. Antiques expert James Braxton visited our headquarters in Jones Court to meet with Sight Life members and learn our about our work and history as one of Wales oldest charities from our Chair of Trustees John Sanders.

The BBC programme guide notes the following about the episode:
BBC One – Antiques Road Trip, Series 25, Episode 21

“It’s a trip to sunny south Wales for antiques experts Izzie Balmer and James Braxton as they kick off a new adventure. They’re on the road in a rather snug 1970s two-seater sports car, taking the scenic route on a tour around the region’s antiques shops with £200 each to spend.
It’s the second time James and Izzie have gone head-to-head. Jewellery expert Izzie came out on top last time, so the stakes are high for James, who is keen to get ahead on the first leg of this trip.

Izzie decides to buy a monkey-shaped 1920s perfume bottle she thinks will earn a profit at auction, but she’s less sure about an obscure medical curio – a 1920s contraceptive device. James, true to form, can’t resist a bamboo table and picks up a pair of sphinx mounts at a great price.
In a break from shopping, Izzie heads to Langland Bay to find out about the evolution of skateboarding on the Welsh coast. Meanwhile, James finds out about a pioneer philanthropist from Jamaica who improved the lives of the partially sighted in Victorian Cardiff.
Finally, it’s off to the beautiful Ombersley Court in Worcestershire to find out how well their purchases perform at auction”.

This programme will be available to watch again on the BBC i player shortly after broadcast.

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Notes for editors

About Sight Life

Sight Life (formerly Cardiff Institute for the Blind) supports people who are blind or partially sighted in south Wales. In 2020/21 we helped more than 3,000 people in Cardiff, Swansea, RCT (Rhondda Cynon Taf), Neath and Port Talbot.

We provide statutory services to people with sight loss on behalf of the local Councils in Cardiff and Swansea.
In cooperation with the NHS, we provide a support service (ECLO: Eye Clinic Liaison Officer) for patients newly diagnosed with sight loss in University Hospital of Wales (UHW “The Heath”) in Cardiff.

Our aims are to ensure that people with sight loss can take part in all aspects of society, including work and leisure.
We offer a range of training, clubs and activities including audio-described theatre trips, confidence building, cooking, drama, employment support, fitness, gardening, IT, music, photography, rambling and yoga to people with sight loss.

Established in 1865, we are one of Wales’ oldest charities. In spring 2022 we will return to being an independent charity after being part of the UK wide RNIB Group since 2009.

We have approximately a dozen staff and annual income in the region of £440,000 from statutory contracts, grants, trusts, The National Lottery, donations and legacies.

Sight Life changed its name from Cardiff Institute for the Blind in 2019 to reflect the fact that we work beyond Cardiff, including Swansea and RCT (Rhondda Cynon Taf). The name change also recognises the fact that we support people with any degree of sight loss, not only those who are blind.

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