Great news folks, the final few days until Bricktastic have arrived! Joins us at one of the UK's biggest and best shows at Manchester Central (formally the GMEX) this weekend, July 1st and 2nd.
The show is to raise money for Fairy Bricks (registered charity 1161639) who have one very simple objective, to give LEGO to children in hospitals.
We'll be there with the first part of our latest build The Jacobite Risings: The Fight for Britain's Throne and hope to see you there too.
Tickets are still available on the door, however to avoid disappointment and to speed things up on arrival, book early at:
Thursday saw us traveling to Thurso, the most northerly town on mainland Britain and the home of the superb Caithness Horizons Museum. Our mission was to deliver and set up the now well publicised LEGO broch for Caithness Broch Project, a task which we of course delighted in, because a). it meant that we got yo visit a museum, and b). it meant that we got to play with LEGO. The LEGO broch will now form part of a summer exhibition on, you guessed it, brochs, before being taken on a tour of local schools as part of Caithness Broch Project's exciting outreach program.
We won't give you a full look at the model just yet, there will be a proper press release issued by Caithness Broch Project that will do that. In the meantime, please enjoy our little teaser... and to see more, visit the museum!
On this day in 1215 King John met his barons to sign the Magna Carta, which was then known as the Charter of Runnymede, after the location of the meeting.
The charter was drafted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton with the aim of bringing peace between the deeply unpopular King and a group or rebel barons. It promised some wide ranging proposals designed to protect church rights, protect barons from illegal imprisonment, provide access to swift justice, and limit feudal payments to the Crown.
The Magna Carta became an important part of English political life and was typically renewed by each monarch in turn. While it lost much of its practical significance as time passed and as the fledgling English Parliament passed new laws, it did not lose its cultural or even mythological status.
These models were built by Brick to the Past's James Pegrum as part of a series of scenes on important events in British history. We will bring you further scenes from the Baron's War this summer; see them first by following us on Twitter or Facebook.
Later this month (stay tuned for the date) Caithness Broch Project will unveil the minifigure scale LEGO Broch we built them at the Caithness Horizons Museum in Thurso. For those still unfamiliar with brochs, they are Iron Age drystone hollow-walled structures of a type found only in Scotland and mostly in northern Scotland. Building the LEGO Broch has been an exciting project which has taken us to some far flung corners of Scotland and pushed our LEGO building skills to their very limit. Once assembled at the museum the broch and it’s landscape will cover an area of 1.2 metres square and reach a height of around 40 cm.
As part of the project we also put together some instructions for a micro scale Broch, which were originally published on DigVentures’ website last year. In anticipation of the unveiling of the big Broch, we thought we’d share these instructions on our website for the first time. Go on, have a go! It’s made from exactly 100 pieces. You can get the parts list here.
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