In pictures: Scotland’s Jacobite history depicted in LEGO
A SPECTACULAR model depicting Scotland’s Jacobite history - made from one million LEGO bricks - has gone on show at Stirling Castle.
The Jacobite Risings: The Fight for Britain’s Throne, shows features more than 2000 soldiers from both sides of the conflict and will be on show at the castle until February.
The spectacular six metre by three-meter model has been painstakingly crafted by Brick to the Past.
A team of volunteer LEGO and history enthusiasts created the detailed and meticulously researched historically themed LEGO model.
The model includes detailed miniature recreations of two sites in the care of Historic Environment Scotland (HES).
It will feature the medieval tower house Corgarff Castle and Ruthven Barracks, the bulwark against the Jacobites built by George II’s government in the early 1700s.
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.”
Liz Grant, Executive Manager of Stirling Castle, said: “We’re very excited to be bringing this exhibition to Stirling Castle - the first time it will go on display in Scotland.
“LEGO offers a fun way to engage younger audiences with our historic sites - and I’m sure it will prove popular with ‘big kids’ too!
“This exhibition is the perfect way to round off our Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology celebrations.”
The exhibition - on display for the first time ever in Scotland - will run until 2 February 2018. Entry to the exhibition is included in the normal Stirling Castle admission price.