Tuesday 24 March 2015
Building huge castles with Lego, animating the amazing stories from Wales’s past with stop-motion technology and giving historic structures a Minecraft makeover.
These are just some of the activities taking place at a series of free ‘Create with Cadw’ workshops planned for the Easter holidays.
More than 200 children will get the chance to take part in the workshops that have been organised between Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, and Welsh Lego Education Innovation Studios.
The two-hour workshops will take place at Caernarfon’s Segontium Roman Fort on April 7, 8 and 9 and at Caerphilly Castle’s Great Hall on April 8, 9 and 10. There will be two sessions per day at each venue and are suitable for children aged seven and above. As spaces are limited, pre-booking will be essential through Eventbrite.
Children will take part in animation sessions, MinecraftEdu classes, LEGO castle building and will even recreate large castles replicas from more than 3,000 pieces of Lego.
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.”
Young creators at Caerphilly will work on a Lego replica of the iconic castle while, at the Segontium, they will work on reconstructing Harlech’s famous castle.
“Our castle has inspired writers, poets and artists throughout the ages,” said Tony Payne, head custodian at Caerphilly.
“It will be great to see children using their imagination to create new designs with modern tools such as Minecraft and stop motion animation.
“We look forward to seeing the final model of Caerphilly made entirely from Lego and we’ll be displaying it on site for visitors over Easter to see for themselves.”
Adele Jones at the Eden Education Centre, said: “Castles are such an iconic part of our history in Wales and Lego lends itself so well to recreating these epic structures.
“Lego is a great tool to engage young people whilst learning about our history and culture of the past, we are looking to forward to seeing what is created during these workshops".
The workshops are part of Cadw’s ‘Pack your Imagination’ campaign that was launched with a timelapse video showing a recreation of Rhuddlan Castle with 50,000 Lego pieces.
Cadw has also launched a competition to encourage visitors to use their imagination to create their own versions of their favourite historic Welsh site out of any material of their choice, from Lego pieces to cardboard boxes.
Deadline for entries is the 30 April. A shortlist of entries will be displayed in a Facebook album and the overall winners will be chosen by castle enthusiast and Lego expert, Bob Carney during his visit to Wales in May. Winners will receive Lego vouchers and a Lego experience.
To find out more about Cadw’s ‘Pack your Imagination’ campaign, to submit YOUR castle creations and to reserve your space at the Lego workshop visit www.cadw.wales.gov.uk/fun.