There’s time to catch LEGO’S Brick His­tory at the dock­yard: read what we thought

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - NEWS -

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

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