So we have a great one for your diary today. Our lad Simon Pickard, who goes under the pseudonym Brick Spartan, is putting on his own exhibition in his home town of Wellington, Somerset. It's just a few minutes off the M5 motorway and easy peasy to get to.
Simon will not only be showcasing some of his Brick to the Past creations, but will also have on display models representing the full range of his skills, including his work on the recently published official LEGO Animal Atlas!
Tickets are available on the door and at £3 it's a proper bargain because this boy is a talent!
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The game of tennis probably has its origins in the Middle Ages, when people would whack a ball back and forth with their bare or gloved hands, before evolving to the form recognisable today, in which a racket is used to hit the ball. This probably occurred sometime before the start of the 15th century.
Royal interest in England began with Henry V (1413 to 1422), but it would be Henry VIII (1509 to 1547) who would be the first to embrace it with great enthusiasm. Henry VII (1485 to 1509) had already had a number of courts built in his palaces, but Henry VIII would have his very own built at Hampton Court in 1530. Intriguingly, it is believed that Henry's second wife Anne Boleyn was watching a game of tennis when she was arrested and that Henry was playing a game when news came of her execution. Tennis really has a lot to answer for.
This scene was built by James Pegrum as part of a series of models on British history. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see them first.
On this day in AD 138 the Emperor Hadrian died of heart failure at Baiae; he is buried at Rome in the Tomb of Hadrian beside his late wife, Vibia Sabina.
Hadrian was born Publius Aelius Hadrianus on January 24th AD 76 in either Italica or Rome. He was the adopted son of the Emperor Trajan, who died on 8th July 117, probably of a stroke. Hadrian's succession was not without controversy, with rumors that his adoption was illegitimate and the letter naming him successor fraudulent. Nevertheless, he quickly secured his position and his reign lasted just under 21 years, ending with his death of natural causes on July 10th AD 138.
During his reign, Hadrian traveled to nearly every province of the Empire and in Britain is perhaps best known for building Hadrian's Wall, which marked the northern limit of the province of Britannia. He also rebuilt the Pantheon and constructed the Temple of Venus and Roma in Rome. He is regarded as the third of the Five Good Emperors.
We have always been fascinated with Roman history and in particular the Empire's effects on the British landscape, its people and their culture. Inspired by this, in 2015 we built an enormous 16 square metre model of Hadrian's Wall, which included a fort, milecastle and Vicus. Find out more and see the photos on our portfolio page:
The Roman villa and iron age village in this model are available to rent, contact us to find out more about prices and options.
Last weekend we were at the awesome Bricktastic show in Manchester. Here we unveiled our latest model, which we will talk about in a bit, but first we want to give a shout out to all the amazing models that were on display. Bricktastic is always packed with great quality models and this year was no exception, with displayers coming from across Europe to show off their talent – there was genuinely something for everyone!
With the exception of a few ‘work in progress’ shots (click here to see them) we’ve kept pretty tight-lipped about what we were displaying, but now it’s been on display we'd better tell you what it’s all about; the title of our latest model is:
Henry Morgan: Welsh Raider of the Spanish Main
We will have a separate blog about who Henry Morgan was, but for now all you need to know is that the model has lots of buccaneers, Spanish galleons and 17th Century South American architecture. We are always nervous about unveiling new models, but we were delighted with the response it got - see it next at The Great Western Brick Show in Swindon.
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