LEGO® Timeline of Northern Innovation

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Discover what the North of England has done for the world, through the medium of LEGO!

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Love LEGO? Interested in innovation? Then this is custom-built for you!

Local LEGO artist Steve Mayes tells the story of Northern innovation in over 40 intricate models, using 50,000 plastic bricks.

See how many of these northern innovations you recognise in the 3D timeline, which features everything from Stephenson’s Rocket and Jodrell Bank to graphene, virtual reality and the Great North Run.

Check out Steve’s interpretation and add to the story in the maker space by creating your own models.

Call out for models!

If there are any LEGO fans out there who want to add to the story of Northern Innovation with their own creations, there is space in the Mining Institute to display them. So if you think Steve has missed something vital, or you want to create your own version of one of Steve’s models, get building!

Models should be no wider than 10×20 inches, with a maximum height of 20 inches, to fit in the secure display cabinets. You’ll have to deliver them yourself but will get them back at the end of the Exhibition. Contact Steve direct on if you want to find out more.

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Venue: The Mining Institute

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  • Please contact us in advance to book assistance to be made available for your visit.
  • Nearby parking available.
  • No level access, however a ramp is available.
  • Not fully accessible to all levels.
  • Accessible toilets on ground floor. There is no accessible toilet on floor 1.
  • Assistance dogs welcome.
  • Food and drink available to purchase on site

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