Kids bored? Stuck inside due to this lovely British weather? Why not give The Wantage Lego Expo a visit?
After the great reception it received last year, with 1,300 people attending in just one day, the expo has returned to the museum with a whole plethora of things to see and do, including a fancy dress competition, a Lego bake-off, a Lego activity challenge and much more! It opened Saturday 22nd and will be on until the 5th August. This year’s Expo sees a collaboration between The Vale and Downland Museum, Toy Planet Collectors and the Wantage Pixel Club who between them are bringing a huge variety of interesting models and Lego sets. The creations have been made by people of all ages to appeal to a universal audience; the youngest creator being 3 and the oldest 67. It showcases a wide range of imagination and creativity spanning across generations of local residents.
(Left Photo: Lego set completed by a 3-year-old) (Right Photo: Lego Set Designed by a 67-year-old)
54-year-old Cheryl Peters (Pictured right) attended the expo with her grandchildren on Wednesday 26th July. When asked what she thought of the expo, she said “It’s really exciting and interesting for the children” and that she would recommend it as it is “engaging for everyone.” Cheryl’s 7-year-old grandson Sonny said that his favorite part was “when I got to make my own Lego” he also said that he would come and again and would also recommend the expo to a friend. Sonny’s piece is pictured below to the right, and as you can see my attempt at a ship on the left isn’t quite up to scratch!
The museum itself has been open for 59 years and has recently been shortlisted in the top 10 kid friendly museums, likely because of the many engaging exhibitions it offers on a regular basis. During my visit to the Expo, I spoke to the museum’s curator Suzie Tilbury about the nomination who informed me that they will be attending an awards evening in October and hopefully if the museum receives an award it should bring new people to the museum who can, in turn, enjoy everything it has to offer. Having a relatively contemporary exhibition, like Lego, set against the backdrop of deeply historic exhibits is wonderfully diametric and just works. This expo not only promotes the Vale and Downland Museum but indeed the town as a whole.
Written by Jacob Mallam