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Richard’s Boar in Lego

Following the success of the Easter Lego event in 2018, when the most famous portrait of King Richard III, the National Portrait Gallery one, was recreated using Lego bricks, Fairy Bricks were back in Leicester this Easter to build another Richard III-themed mosaic at the Richard III Visitor Centre. This year members of the public were able to help by building the boars which formed part of Richard’s coat of arms. The event began on Good Friday and concluded Easter Monday. There were even some LEGO cupcakes available in the White Boar Café.

Here is a link to the Visitor Centre’s Facebook page if you want to find out more about their activities

An Easter exhibition

From Saturday to Easter Monday, the Richard III Visitor Centrekinglego1JPG will have a special interactive exhibition for children, including the chance to build the King from Lego bricks or to illustrate him in other ways.


A High Court privacy battle, but the Tate Modern’s extension still wins top award….

Tate Modern's viewing platform

The controversial Tate Modern extension has been named one of the buildings of the year by the Royal Institute of British Architects, despite the design provoking a High Court privacy battle.”

Hm, Richard’s centre in Leicester is another winner of this RIBA award—I wonder if his privacy could have been contested in the High court? Bet not.


Coming up in July …

literally where it all began nearly five years ago, children can just turn up at the Visitor Centre and learn how archaeology happens.

Now a world venue

Richard’s reburial week clearly isn’t the end of the story:

Richard carved in sand….

Richard in Sand

Watch time-lapse footage of Richard III sand sculpture being modelled in Leicester’

A time-lapse video showing the creation of a sand sculpture depicting the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 has been captured by the University of Leicester.

80 tonnes of sand were transformed into four giant sculptures by award-winning artists who were asked to interpret the theme Dynasty, Death and Discovery.

The sculptures, each up to 4m high, are located at the King Richard III Visitor Centre entrance and central courtyard, Wygston’s House on Jubilee Square and in front of BBC Radio Leicester on Guildhall Lane.

The sculptures will remain in place until the end of September.

The project is a collaboration between Nicola Wood (CBBC presenter and Leicester born sculptor), the Visitor Centre and the City Festival. Visit the site to see a lot more about these marvellous sand carvings.

Some refreshing omissions . . . .

This is another review of the Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester, and is refreshing because the only criticism is about the coffee! (About which I cannot comment.)  Nor are there are any of the usual orchestrated Tudor lies about Richard. Not one of the wearisome old chestnuts makes an appearance, even the ‘princes’ in the Tower. This is indeed refreshing, and I hope is the precursor of more properly balanced and well reported articles, both about the Visitor Centre and Richard himself. There are some good photographs too.

Thank you Graham Young and the Birmingham Mail.

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