Fareham museum unveils Lego model of Portchester Castle

Tom de Wit, curator at the museum showing Mckenzie Kenny (3) from Gosport, the Lego model of Portchester Castle.''Picture: Sarah Standing (13885-6085)
Tom de Wit, curator at the museum showing Mckenzie Kenny (3) from Gosport, the Lego model of Portchester Castle.''Picture: Sarah Standing (13885-6085)
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WHAT is the biggest, most intricate thing you have ever created with Lego? A house? A car?

At a Fareham museum the star attraction for the coming weeks is a replica Portchester Castle.

Complete with moat, graveyard, gift shop and flag, the model arrived at Westbury Manor yesterday to mark the start of the Lego mania trail.

Curator Tom de Wit said: ‘Anyone can make a model with Lego that looks a bit like a castle but to get it so accurate is really something special. It really is above and beyond.’

Yvonne Kenny, from Gosport, visited the model with her three-year-old daughter, Mckenzie.

She said: ‘We went to see the Lego model of Gosport Sands last year. Mckenzie has Lego at home which she plays with, although it is everywhere at the moment.’

Mckenzie said that she was now inspired to build her own castle. She said: ‘It’s got water and a boat and I like the flag on the castle.’

Mr de Wit said: ‘The objects in the case by the Lego model were all made by French prisoners who were kept at Portchester Castle.

‘It really is one of the most important buildings in England.

‘It’s so well preserved. When you think about how many places have changed, it’s fascinating to think that if a Roman walked by the castle today, they would still recognise it as it’s hardly changed.’

Duncan Titmarsh of Bright Bricks, a certified Lego builder, has created seven models of historic buildings to be displayed at museums across the county, including the city museums in Southampton and Winchester.

The Portchester Castle model was built last week at his workshop in Farnham and delivered in one piece to the museum. It is the start of Lego activities, which run until Sunday, June 9.

On Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4, Westbury Manor Museum are holding workshops on how to create a stop frame animation in Lego.

For more information go to hants.gov.uk/Legomaniatrail or call the museum on 01329 822063.

Westbury Manor is free to enter. It is closed on Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, opening on Tuesday.