Tuesday 14 April 2015
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.
In addition to the hands-on workshops, Cadw has also launched a competition that encourages people to create their own versions of their favourite historic Welsh sites out of any material -- from Lego pieces to cardboard boxes.
The deadline for entering the competition 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, who will be visiting Wales in May. Winners will receive Lego vouchers and a Lego experience.
Visit the #CreatewithCadw competition page to find out how you can enter.