Arbeia Roman Fort in LEGO at South Shields Museum

How many landmarks can a little coastal town in North East England have?

Many, as it turns out! Bricks McGee were commissioned by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums to design and build 11 LEGO® models of local landmarks of South Shields and the local area as part of a summer exhibition for South Shields Museum entitled Little Landmarks.

The landmarks built included:

  • Herd Groyne Lighthouse – the iconic red lighthouse, a regional and national landmark
  • Arbeia – the old Roman fort in the town. The site is now home to a reconstruction of the gates as they would have been in Roman times – well worth a visit!
  • South Shields Old Town Hall
  • South Shields Museum
  • The Customs House – now a theatre and cultural venue
  • The Word – the National Centre for The Written Word
  • Souter Lighthouse – and now a National Trust property
  • South Shields Volunteer Life Boat Service

The museum experienced an increase of around 25% in visitors over the summer period the exhibition was open, as well as plenty of coverage in local media – perfect for LEGO® fans of all ages!