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Jacobite history brought to life in Lego at Stirling Castle

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Stirling Castle has today launched the Brick to the Past exhibition 'The Jacobite Risings: The Fight for Britain’s Throne', which features 1 million Lego bricks.

The exhibition features key locations involved in the Jacobite story, recreated in 1 million LEGO bricks, and featuring over 2,000 soldiers from both sides of the conflict.

The model includes detailed miniature recreations of two sites in the care of Historic Environment Scotland (HES): the medieval tower house Corgarff Castle and Ruthven Barracks, the bulwark against the Jacobites built by George II’s government in the early 1700s.

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The spectacular 6 metre by 3 metre model has been painstakingly crafted by Brick to the Past, a team of volunteer LEGO and history enthusiasts who specialise in creating massive, detailed and meticulously researched historically themed LEGO models.

Recreating the Jacobite Risings

Speaking ahead of the exhibition, Dan Harris of Brick to the Past said: “As 2017 is Scotland’s year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, we wanted to join in with the celebrations and struck upon the Jacobite Risings as great topic that represented a pivotal moment in not only Scottish history, but in British history too.

"We had a great time designing and building its different parts, from the Jacobites themselves to the major buildings, which are based on HES properties such as Corgarff Castle and Ruthven Barracks. It also gave us an opportunity to take on Scotland’s dramatic landscape, so we have built mountains, rivers, forests and animals that are designed to represent those of the highlands.

“It’s really exciting to be going on display at Stirling Castle. It’s an incredible venue with so much history!"

Exhibition details

Brick to the Past’s The Jacobite Risings: The Fight for Britain’s Throne will be on display in the Queens Outer Hall at Stirling Castle until Friday 2nd February. Entry to the exhibition is included in the normal Stirling Castle admission price.

Stirling Castle, Stirling FK8 1EJ; website.

(Images copyright Historic Environment Scotland/Brick to the Past)

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