Monday 27 April 2015
Harlech Castle rebuilt out of Lego
Hundreds of children across Wales took part in a series of imaginative workshops over the Easter holidays – and got the chance to reconstruct famous Welsh castles in Lego.
The two-hour ‘Create with Cadw’ workshops, which were delivered by the Welsh Lego Education Innovation Studios at Caerphilly Castle and Segontium Roman Fort, also gave children the opportunity to animate stories from Wales’s past using stop motion technology — and give historic structures a Minecraft makeover.
The Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, said:
‘This is an excellent opportunity to engage young people with our rich history in a fun way. ‘We are blessed to have fantastic sites across Wales, which provide the perfect inspiration for young, creative minds.
‘Encouraging people to get involved in heritage in new ways will ensure Wales’s fascinating stories are kept alive and passed on to future generations.’
The workshops were part of Cadw’s ‘Pack your Imagination’ campaign, which was launched in February with a timelapse video that showed Rhuddlan Castle being recreated using 50,000 Lego pieces.
Moira Lockitt Director of G2G Communities CIC said:
‘Over Easter G2G was asked by CADW to build Harlech Castle out of LEGO at the Segontium Roman Fort in Caernarfon. G2G communities CIC purchased 3500 LEGO bricks to build the castle and over 120 children plus parents attended over the three days and 6 reconstructions took place.’
‘The final reconstruction is on display at our centre LEGO Education Innovation Studio at the Bee and Station Business Centre in Rhyl but will go on permanent display at the new visitors centre in Harlech when it opens later this year.’
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G2G communities CIC also built the Harlech Castle virtual world in MinecraftEDU