A Lego exhibition

I have recently been to two exhibitions of Lego models.  This post is about the exhibition at The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven.  One of my photos appeared in an earlier post for the photo challenge, Fun.

At the Beacon the museum entry includes the Lego exhibition, which continues until 11 September 2016.  For local residents an annual pass is available, but this does not provide entry to special exhibitions such as the Lego one.  Other museums have similar schemes.  If you live in the UK and there is a museum in your local area, why not check whether you could have a pass?

Back to the Lego exhibition:  entitled Brick City, it comprises a good number of buildings and a few pictures.  The centrepiece is a model of St Pancras Station in London.  The detail is amazing.  For the Olympic Games there are two models relating to Rio.  I snapped one of them.  The other is of Rio Carnival.  There are several models of buildings in London, but other European cities also feature, including Rome with its Trevi Fountain.

While visiting the Beacon I also saw a touring exhibition of 3-D printing, which I found very interesting.



Fun with Lego

This week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post, Fun, was issued the day I visited a Lego exhibition.  Lego is featured in two exhibitions that I know of in Cumbria this summer.  There is a big exhibition at Rheged, which includes a steam locomotive and Brick City at The Beacon, Whitehaven.  At Brick City there are buildings from around the world (including a few from London) built from Lego.  It continues until 11th September 2016, a week after the Rheged exhibition closes.

Apart from bare-footed  people who have trodden on a Lego brick, is there anyone who does not agree that Lego is fun?

St Pancras Station, front view
St Pancras Station, front view


A visit to Whitehaven

On a sunny day in June we decided to visit a free art exhibition in the Harbour Gallery at The Beacon in Whitehaven.  The Beacon is situated near the harbour and I took some photos there before and after our visit.  One has already appeared on this blog for a photo challenge. We had to use a temporary entrance at the rear of the building due to building work in progress.

Two local artists Jenni Payne, a founder member of Florence Printmakers and textile artist Angela Strange, staged the exhibition.  It is entitled Yan Tyan Tethera: Sheep and wool exhibition and continues until 10th July 2016.  Opening times may be found on the website for the Beacon.


Yan Tyan Tethera is Cumbrian for 1,2,3.  Jenni Payne’s pictures (in the background of my photos) all have Cumbrian numbers in their titles. Her pictures of sheep are well worth seeing.  Angela Strange’s exhibits are made from wool.  Some of her felt is extremely delicate.  I had not realised that felt could be so fine.


Whitehaven harbour has an interesting history.  It was a busy port before Liverpool overtook it in size.  Exports and imports through Whitehaven have included coal, chemicals and rum.  Nowadays it is used mainly for fishing and leisure, but there are many signs and reminders of its past.