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Construct a replica of Arbroath Abbey with LEGO bricks!

ANGUSalive are delighted to host an event organised by Historic Scotland at Arbroath Library to build a model of Arbroath Abbey with LEGO bricks.

Anyone 10 years old and above can join LEGO specialist Alistair Jelks on 2, 5, 6 and 7 October to learn about architecture, construction and scale of model builds. Participants will use real plans and drawings to help them build a scale replica of Arbroath Abbey.

Alistair Jelks is a professional sculptor who is based in Dundee. As well as using LEGO as a medium, Alistair sculpts from plaster, stone, metal and wood. His work can be found at various public places around Scotland and include an 18 foot wooden totem pole and carved standing stones.

Alistair said: “I’m looking forward to working with everyone on this exciting project. I love all forms of art and believe that its expressive nature is therapeutic and good for the health and well-being of the people involved in it, or exposed to it.

LEGO is such a tactile medium, perfect for architecture, you can stand and look up at a building but during the construction process with LEGO, you really get to know the building intimately.”

Lesley Matthews, Libraries Operations Lead with ANGUSalive Libraries said: “We’re excited to host this event at Arbroath Library and can’t wait to see the finished construction. It’ll be brilliant to have this as a feature in our library once it’s complete in what will be a great community project.”

The model will be on display for 4 weeks at Arbroath Library from 7 October.

You can book a place at The BIG Arbroath LEGO build at


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