2 June 2021
Popular BBC series Antiques Road Trip takes a detour to Fife tomorrow (Thursday) to find out more about Kirkcaldy’s industrial heritage.
Presenter Natasha Raskin Sharp visits Kirkcaldy Galleries to hear how the Lang Toun became a global powerhouse in floor covering manufacture.
Guiding Natasha through the town’s illustrious industrial past is Gavin Grant, Collections Team Leader with OnFife, which runs the Galleries.
Gavin takes antiques aficionado Natasha through the Galleries collection, which includes photographs, pattern books, catalogues, samples and workers’ tools.
The curator also explains how the Lang Toun became a world leader in linoleum production, employing one in 10 of the town’s population at its peak.
The show’s format sees antiques experts set off on a road trip around the UK while searching for treasures and competing to make the most money at auction.
A key part of the series is highlighting little-known historical stories along the way. As well as taking in Kirkcaldy, presenters will explore Scotland’s Roman past and visit HMS Unicorn in Dundee,
Antiques Road Trip is scheduled to be broadcast on BBC One tomorrow (Thursday) at 4.30pn and will be available shortly afterwards on the BBC iplayer.
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