See the world built in LEGO® bricks 

They are one of the most recognisable and successful toy companies in the world – but did you know LEGO® bricks used to be manufactured here in Wrexham?

Initially the world-famous bricks were produced in a factory on Hugmore Lane on Wrexham Industrial Estate. Later LEGO built a new UK distribution centre on Ruthin Road.

The Ruthin Road site in particular is still fondly remembered by many local people. Who could forget the iconic, giant LEGO bricks that once stood next to the entrance?

To celebrate this historic connection between Wrexham and the Danish toy manufacturer Wrexham Museum will be hosting Brick Built, a touring exhibition by Warren Elsmore featuring his team’s models of famous buildings, monuments and structures made from LEGO bricks.

The exhibition will include Warren’s LEGO museum containing models and products from the early years of the company up to the present day.

Naturally there will be an area in the gallery where you can build your own LEGO models. Look out also for news of the special events days during the exhibition!

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Famous Wrexham landmark to feature

A highlight of the exhibition will be the model celebrating the civil engineering marvel of the canal age, our local World Heritage Site, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, created specifically for this exhibition.

Glyndwr University design students are also contributing a film and a model of the School of Creative Arts building for display in the exhibition.

Do you know someone who worked at the factory?

Research has been ongoing into the history of British Lego Ltd. and LEGO®UK. Since our appeal earlier in the year, former employees have helped the museum to include the history of LEGO in Wrexham in the exhibition. If you worked at or were connected to either of the two sites, and have not yet made contact, please email museum@wrexham.gov.uk

A real highlight for all ages

Councillor Hugh Jones, Wrexham Council’s Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “Brick Built is set be one of the highlights of the year so far for museum visitors.

“There are some real gems from the archive to see here for those who remember the factory on Ruthin Road.

“The exhibition is also ideal for family visits – Warren Elsmore’s fantastic models of famous monuments are a must-see for all ages.

“I hope everyone will make the most of this unique opportunity to find out more about how Wrexham was involved in the story of this phenomenally successful global brand.”

Plan your visit

  • Brick Built: Landmarks in LEGO® bricks will be on show from 18th February until – 7th May 2022.
  • Entry is FREE.
  • Visit the Wrexham Museum website for more information on upcoming exhibitions and events.

Images: Courtesy of Warren Elsmore.

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