At Beverley Art Gallery

Brick Wonders features recreations in LEGO® bricks of amazing sights from around the world, curated by artist Warren Elsmore. Beginning with the seven wonders of the ancient world, the exhibition also takes in modern, natural, and historic wonders from all seven continents. Brick Wonders takes visitors from an Egyptian pyramid to the natural pyramid of the Matterhorn, the bustle of Old London Bridge to the awesome night skies of the Aurora Australis, and those everyday marvels we forget to wonder at, such as electricity and the Internet.

The Great Barrier Reef

The centrepiece is a 2x3 metre installation of the Great Barrier Reef, complete with underwater lighting and sound effects, and LEGO recreations of everything from corals and sponges to turtles and reef-dwelling fish such as blue tangs, angel fish and a ray.

Over forty other LEGO models are included, from tiny models to inspire building at home, to large mosaics and dioramas and the exhibition is built from over 500,000 LEGO® bricks.

Beverley Art Gallery

Visit Beverley Library on the ground floor of the Treasure House to see an amazing reconstruction of Beverley Library and Art Gallery as it was in 1910, built from LEGO® Bricks by the talented Chris McKnight from BrickBox in Hull. The piece took around 9 hours to construct and was inspired by a postcard in the collections at East Riding Archives.

Plan your visit

In order to keep our customers and team as safe as possible, we are ticketing entry to the exhibition to manage the flow of customers and ensure you have the time and space to enjoy viewing.

Get my free tickets (BridSpa.com)

Tickets are free, and are recommended to be booked in advance.

Each booking can be made for one to six people - please book for all members in your party including babies. If your family group is more than six people, please make an additional booking for the next time slot for the other member/s in the party - you will be able to view the exhibition together. It's really important for us to monitor the flow of people in the gallery to keep everyone safe, so we really appreciate your support.

Join in our construction sessions

When you arrive

On arrival to the Treasure House, please follow the signage upstairs to Beverley Art Gallery. A member of the team will scan your ticket from your mobile device (or printed copy) on arrival.

Please arrive as close to your booking time as possible and no later than ten minutes after. Each booking will be allocated an hour to explore the exhibition from entry in the gallery. The exhibition runs from 03 July to 02 October, so feel free to visit as many times as you like.

Please note, late arrivals may have a reduced time allocation to view the exhibition and early arrivals may have to wait, with limited space available.

Explore Beverley

While in Beverley, why not also try one of the brilliant heritage trails on the free 'What Was Here' app? The app takes you on a tour, popping up with historic images when you reach geotagged points, so you really can compare 'What Was Here'! There are trails available all over the East Riding through the app.

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Brick Wonders of the East Riding Competition

East Riding Museums look after historical objects and other material that tells the stories of the East Riding - the wonders of the East Riding in fact!

During the Brick Wonders exhibition at Beverley Art Gallery we challenge you to use LEGO® to build an object from our collections or reproduce one of our heritage sites such as the Treasure House or Beverley Guildhall. What will you create?

Inspiration
We've selected a fascinating group of objects along with their histories to inspire you and get you started. Find more inspiration by visiting a museum or search our collections online.
1
Cork Villa
James Edward Wilson (born in Beverley 1873)
James made the house whilst apprenticed to a blacksmith in Bishop Burton. It is made of wood, cardboard, glass, cork, textiles and pebble dash. It features sash windows and three chimney stacks; and there is an array of furniture accompanying it.
2
Beverley Guildhall
Medieval maker unknown, but remodelled by William Middleton in 1762
The four columns of the Beverley Guildhall frontage hide a stunning Georgian courtroom which was once a medieval great hall, the timbers of which are still visible in the back of the room. Since 1501 when it was bought for the town it has been a symbol of civic pride and is now opened regularly as a community museum. You are welcome to visit on any Wednesday or Friday, with free admission.
3
Ammonite
Natural fossil
Ammonites lived in warm shallow seas during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. They were a type of mollusc and had tentacles. Most ammonite shells are coiled into a spiral and contain a series of linked chambers, which were filled with liquid or gas to give them buoyancy in the water. Their name comes from the Ancient Greek god Ammon, who was always shown with ram horns. Fossilised ammonites can be found along the Yorkshire coast and in the chalk rocks of the Yorkshire Wolds.
4
Silver Cufflinks
Unknown (c. 1662-1700)
This pair of silver cufflinks was found by metal detecting at North Cave in 2009 - one cufflink at a time on two separate occasions! They feature a pair of hearts beneath a crown, on a stippled background, which may relate to the marriage of King Charles II to Catherine of Braganza in 1662.
5
Hessle Mill
Designed and built by the Hull millwrights Norman & Smithson
Hessle mill is a rare example of an early 19th century whiting windmill that was designed to crush chalk to make a product called whiting. This was mainly used to make paint, putty and whitewash. The mill is open to visitors on Tuesdays and Fridays, with free admission.
6
Butterfly
Elizabeth Lambert (1790-1839)
Elizabeth Lambert was a Beverley resident who played the piano at St Mary's church and took up painting in her 30s, producing a host of beautiful watercolours celebrating the natural world. Her sketch book and numerous paintings were donated to East Riding Museums by one of her descendants in 2017.
7
Silk Chinese Shoes
Unknown, China, c. 1888-1921
This pair of shoes are made of rich cobalt blue silk, and decorated with a colourful pattern. The inside of both is lined with blue and white striped linen and the toes are very pointed. They have never been worn. These shoes were brought back from China by Ida Miles, a resident of Market Weighton who had been a missionary there from 1888 to 1921. She also brought back a range of other items, which form part of the East Riding Museum collection.
8
Long Eared Owl
Unknown taxidermist
We don't know much about this taxidermy long-eared owl, but it has been part of the East Riding Museum collection for some time. The two long tufts of feathers on top of their heads give these owls the name 'long eared', and they aren't very common so it's a treat to spot one. Owls live in woodland, in small clumps of trees, on farmland, and on moorland.
9
Meissen teapot
Meissen (German company)
This teapot is made of white porcelain Meissen crockery, and is decorated with ornate birds and insects. The knob on the lid of the teapot is formed in the shape of a flower.
10
Iron Age Sword
Unknown, c. 70AD
This sword is part of the South Cave Weapons Cache found by metal detectorists in September 2002. The site was subsequently excavated by Humber Field Archaeology and York Archaeological Trust, and the cache uncovered included 5 late Iron Age swords, scabbards and 33 iron spearheads. The cache was buried in a pit, dug into a pre-existing boundary ditch of a late Iron age/early Romano-British settlement. This iron sword is situated in a decorated copper scabbard, the hilt guard is made of ivory and the ridged grip may be made of bone.
11
Ethel
Reuben Chappell (1870-1940)
This painting is a portside view of the sloop Ethel with four sails set. A 'sloop' was a type of flat-bottomed vessel peculiar to the waterways of the Humber region. In 1912 the Ethel was stranded in the Humber near St Andrews Dock, Hull, whilst carrying a cargo of timber from Hull to Sheffield. The boat was lost, but the crew were rescued. This painting was gifted to East Riding Museums by Harold Garside in 1968.

Competition information

Who can enter?
Children and adults of any age living in the UK
How do I enter?
  1. Make your Brick Wonders of the East Riding creation
  2. Submit a photograph (in .jpg file format) or a short film (2 minutes max in .mp4 file format) of your creation using either our online form or tag @ERMuseums on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Please note: Don't include yourself or any other people in your photo or film. It's fine to include your voice on the film.

If submitting on social media, remember to tell us your first name and your age. Children under 13 should ask a parent or carer to enter on their behalf.

Winners will be notified by email or via direct message on social media (so make sure you're following @ERMuseums!).
What else do I need to know?

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Saturday 2 October, and prize winners will be notified by the end of October.

Your entry photographs or film may be sent out to the media with a press release, used in our publications, in exhibitions, on social media or on our website to promote the council's services and events. They may also be used by our partners to promote the work we do together.

The photographs/film will not be substantially edited, adapted or altered from their original intention or purpose, or used for anything which may be viewed as negative in tone or that may cause offence, embarrassment or distress.

The photographs/film will be used indefinitely. However, should you choose to withdraw your consent, then please contact us and we will respect your wishes as quickly as possible.

All personal information will be treated in compliance with GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018. See how we use your dataon the East Riding Privacy Hub.

By submitting an entry to the competition you agree that you have read and understood this information and give permission for East Riding of Yorkshire Council and partners to use the photographs/film as detailed.

Judging and prizes
The competition will be expertly judged by none other than Warren Elsmore himself, maker of the Brick Wonders exhibition, and we have a number of fabulous prizes available so enter now for a chance to win!

Prizes available are from LEGO®, Brid Spa, Sewerby Hall & Gardens, and more.
Enter online
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