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Winners of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery’s lego competition decided!

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Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are delighted to announce the three winners of the ‘Build Your Own Model’ lego competition.

The standard of entries across the three age categories was outstanding which provided a real challenge for the competition judge, Brick History creator, Warren Elsmore.

Entries across the three age categories covered a huge breadth of historical moments, periods and themes from the age of the dinosaurs to the industrial revolution and Roman coliseum to Shrewsbury Town Football Club.

The winners of the ‘Build Your Own Model’ competition are:

  • 5 – 11: Alfie Hembrow-Forrester, The Flying Scotsman. Alfie, said:

“Oh wow! I am so pleased I have won this competition and found it very difficult to keep it quiet at school today!

“I love Lego so much and am always playing with it. Last year we went to Thinktank in Birmingham and I remember seeing a Steam Train towards the end. I love building vehicles and did some research on famous ones and found the Flying Scotsman.

“I thought it was perfect and started building but wanted to add some mini figures, especially Homer Simpson!”

An image of the Flying Scotsman built by one of the winners of the Build Your Own Model lego competition run by Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

The Flying Scotsman

  • 12 – 16: Cal Adlard, Pompeii and the Mount Vesuvius eruption. Cal, said:

“I feel really pleased and excited that I have won. I didn’t expect to win. I’m really looking forward to seeing my model included in the exhibition.

“I got the idea for the Pompeii eruption because I have visited Pompeii, have learned about what life was like there, and the eruption at school.”

An image of a Lego model that depicts the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii which is one of the winners of the Build Your Own Model competition run by Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Mount Vesuvius eruption in Pompeii

  • 17+: Roger Lewis: Modern Gaming. Roger, said:

“Wow! We never thought they would get anywhere as we thought they may not be “historical” enough. Anyway, my nephew was playing Super Mario with his friend on my PC and said “Unc, can you build me the Mushrooms monster from this Super Mario game? Please?”

An image depicting Super Mario in lego which is one of the winners of the Build Your Own Model competition run by Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.


Warren Elsmore, creator of Brick History and judge for the competition, said:

“It was very tough to judge between the entries – there were so many great builds to choose from! The Flying Scotsman was very nicely designed and I loved all the little touches too. Whilst the Pompeii model might be a little more macabre than our model it certain put a smile on my face – as did Mario. In fact, I wonder if we should think about some games figures too? The blocky graphics work so well in LEGO!

“Well done to everyone who entered though – it’s always great to see people using their imagination and not only following the instructions!”

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for leisure and culture, said:

“We’re delighted with the number of entries we’ve received and the standard has been fantastic. I’m sure the models we’ve seen are much better than I could manage myself!

“The fact that the winners’ models will feature in Brick History alongside professionally built designs is marvellous and adds a wonderful community angle to the exhibition. I’d like to congratulate the winners and all of you who entered the competition.”

The winners of the competition will see their models feature in Brick History for the duration of the exhibitions’ stay at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

On top of featuring alongside Warren Elsmore’s creations, the winners will receive up to £50 worth of Lego and 1 years’ free entry to the Museum.

Brick History opens on Friday 9 February 2018 and will take you on a journey through pivotal moments in human and natural history.

The exhibitions runs until Sunday 15 April 2018. For more information, click here.