Brick History LEGO exhibition opens this weekend in Suffolk

An exhibition made up of LEGO models will take visitors on a journey through time when it opens in Ipswich, Suffolk, this Saturday.

Suffolk Archives is presenting Warren Elsmore’s Brick History exhibition this summer, starting on July 17 and running until the end of September. Brick History is an exhibition of LEGO models depicting moments from history and even prehistory.

The exhibition will be in residence at Ipswich’s new venue The Hold and features models in a variety of LEGO scales and styles. A show-stopping 1.5 metre castle is likely to stop visitors in their tracks.

Models from members of the public will also be on display, representing local Suffolk landmarks.

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‘It is fantastic that Suffolk Archives is able to bring Warren Elsmore’s superb Brick History exhibition to Suffolk this year. We hope that people of all ages will come and discover this fantastic display, which will be complemented beautifully by the local pieces we have received,’ said Cllr Andrew Reid, Portfolio Holder for Heritage at Suffolk County Council. ‘Brick History is billed as an exhibition ‘filled with models to make you smile, make you think, and inspire you to build a better world’ – and I really hope it will do just that.’

There will be additional events and activities to support the exhibition, including a presentation from Andrew Webb on July 22. He’s the fan builder who created the Sutton Hoo Helmet for LEGO Ideas and will talk about his process designing the model as well as its historical relevance.

July 29 will offer a free evening event for adults – Lates at the Hold. As well as the opportunity to enjoy the exhibition, there’ll be a LEGO mystery build contest for guests to take part on.

As for hands-on activities for children, there’ll be activities throughout the week:

Tuesdays and Saturdays: Make Suffolk out of LEGO bricks.
Wednesdays: Let’s Get Crafty – a choice of free or premium sessions.
Fridays: Creative workshops with Rock Paper Scissors.

‘The Brick History exhibition offers so many possibilities in terms of interpretation and outreach and we are really pleased to be working with some fantastic partners to offer a broad range of activities related to what is on display,’ said Emily Shepperson, Exhibition and Interpretation Officer for Suffolk Archives. ‘We hope families will enjoy exploring the exhibition and then joining in with a craft activity or build session. For most of the school holidays, we will be offering a full day of fun, all under one roof!’

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