There’s time to catch LEGO’S Brick History at the dockyard: read what we thought
It's the little things that count at LEGO'S Brick History exhibition, running at the Historic Dockyard Chatham. Because everything is very little.
You can marvel at Rochester Castle in peacetime, complete with LEGO men and women busying themselves, and in wartime, with soldiers defending their stronghold. But it's all in miniature - right down to the LEGO characters' tiny faces, and expressions. Don't think any detail has been skimped on those soldiers' faces, just because they're less than a centimetre high - their courage, pain or woe will be etched on their tine little faces for you to see.
Due to the size of the pieces which show the history of the world from the Big Bang right up to Martin Luther King and the moon landings, the exhibition room at the dockyard is quite compact. But this doesn't mean you won't spend plenty of time checking out the details.
There's 5cm tall Mozart playing away on the piano, and the Vikings setting sail. There's even DNA to inspect, the Battle of Trafalgar and the Suffragettes.
From author and creator Warren Elsmore, the exhibition features more than 40 models with important moments in history from the invention of the wheel to the birth of the industrial revolution. Exploring themes of the arts, equality, conflict, exploration and transport throughout the years, models also include the Chatham-made ship HMS Victory and RMS Titanic. And just because it's history, that doesn't mean little ones will want to whizz through and leave, because there's plenty of LEGO for them to get stuck into. Step into the exhibition and you'll find a buzz of activity going on there, with little ones as you as two and three enjoying having a go at making something. There are soft bricks for the littlest ones and original LEGO bricks for older children - and adults, if the mood takes you. Pictures of designs and builds uploaded to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook which tag the dockyard and use #brickhistory will be automatically entered into a competition to win a LEGO prize.
The summer holidays may be drawing to a close, but there's still plenty of time to catch Brick History, as it runs until Sunday, September 16. Entry to the exhibition is included in the price of a dockyard ticket, which gives admission for a whole year. It is also part of the dockyard’s 400th birthday celebrations, Festival 400. For details go to thedockyard.co.uk/whats-on
Mozart playing the piano