The interest in all things London 2012 continued this week as the BBC’s The One Show visited us here at The Royal Mint to report on the story of the Paralympic medals in production…
Hot on the heels of the media day we held on site last week, we invited The One Show to film the key stages of the London 2012 victory medals process for this Friday’s episode (11th May) which is set to reach over 7 million people!
The crew spent two hours on site capturing the striking, soldering, engraving and ribboning stages of the whole process and talking to the key people involved. Much of their time was spent talking to the experts about their roles in the medal making process – he spoke to our Production Manager, Kevin Jones about the overall process of creating the medals, and to Press Setter Gary Rosser about the striking process and the incredible pressure that’s applied at each strike to achieve the precision required for the finished medal.
The crew also spent time filming the engraving and ribboning processes and were amazed to discover that our employee Marie is the only person in the team working on the medals to have touched every single one!
The boxes which house the medals (they are boxed in 3s – 1 x gold, 1 x silver, 1 x bronze for each discipline/event) had also arrived so The One Show crew were able to capture the medals team packaging the medals ready to be stored prior to despatch. The final part of the filming took place in the Tool Room where the team demonstrated the work they do in soldering the mount.
As a thank you for all the hard work and effort the team working on the medals has put into delivering the project, The One Show presented them with mock laurel wreaths which historically, were awarded to winners of the ancient Greek Olympics!
The footage captured by The One Show will be distilled into 3-5 minutes of film which is due to be broadcast on BBC1 at 7pm on Friday the 11th of May!