Lego Hever Castle as part of Tudor exhibition in Salisbury

October 14 2020 | Castle History

A Lego Hever Castle has been created as part of a Tudor exhibition at The Salisbury Museum.

The Salisbury Museum teamed up with Brick Galleria to launch the Lego brick exhibition which also features a Tudor street scene, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Henry VIIII’s six wives, a life size jousting helmet and a 60cm tall sculpture of Henry VIII based on the Holbein painting.

The 1.5m x 1.5m model of a Lego Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, consists of 40,500 bricks and took 160 hours to make. It is complete with a drawbridge, inner moat and ducks on the water.

The Lego models are on loan from Salisbury based Brick Galleria, a professional brick model building company.

The Salisbury Museum is located in the King’s House, situated in the Cathedral Close. The King’s House is a Grade I listed building, the history of which stretches back to the 13th century. It formerly housed a teacher training college and was the inspiration for an episode in Thomas Hardy’s novel Jude the Obscure.

Collections on display include prehistoric material from South Wiltshire, including Stonehenge; the Pitt Rivers’ Wessex collection; and a fine medieval collection including finds from Old Sarum, Clarendon Palace and the city itself.

Brick Galleria Director and Lego Brick Artist, Kevin Hall said “Brick Galleria has kindly lent the models to the museum to encourage people back into this wonderful and historic museum. We hope the models will captivate everyone’s love of history like it does for me and inspire the future creatives and historians of the future.”

Museum Director Adrian Green said “We are hugely grateful to Brick Galleria for lending these models to the museum this autumn. I am passionate about Tudor history and I think these models are absolutely fantastic – I urge people to come along and see them.”

The Lego Hever Castle is displayed on plinths and enclosed in an acrylic case and can be seen at the museum until January 2021.

Discover centuries of history during a visit to the real Hever Castle. Find out more about what there is to see and book tickets here.