Wiltshire’s only permanent Lego exhibition is now open after James Haley turned his life time hobby into something special.
James, 38, has spent more than 100 hours putting the exhibition together and opening Bricks ‘n’ Pieces at Studley Grange Craft Village near Wroughton. Using tens of thousands of pieces, the exhibition, over two levels, includes models of trains, boats, buildings and, topically, a football stadium.
The married dad of three has been collecting and building Lego since he was a child; his first build was a fire station when he was just four. His home in Wroughton is full of Lego in different stages of development and he is still collecting.
James said: “Lego is everywhere in our house; the lounge, shed, loft – even the garden! A childhood hobby has turned into an adult fascination. Opening Bricks ‘n’ Pieces is the realisation of a dream and something I have wanted to do for almost a decade. It is the only permanent exhibition of its kind in Wiltshire and I believe it could be the only permanent display of a private collection in the UK.”
Working from photographs of anything from houses to signal boxes, vehicles to stadiums, and using modular sets, James makes unique, highly detailed models; almost exact replicas of the real thing but in miniature.
Bricks ‘n’ Pieces includes a small shop which will sell Lego themed gifts such as fridge magnets, clocks and photo frames. Lego sets will not be available however. James’ future plans include sourcing good quality second hand Lego bricks to sell
Bricks ‘n Pieces features just a small part of his collection and the displays will be changed regularly. He also has plans to expand the exhibition and add several levels.
After a varied career ranging from car valeting to psychiatric nursing to gardening James has now got his whole family involved in Lego. His wife Marie made Lego shaped chocolate lollies for the opening of Bricks ‘n’ Pieces at the weekend and his children are becoming expert builders like their dad.
“Why should children have all the fun; it’s something everyone can enjoy,” said James.
Brick ‘n’ Pieces is at Unit 13, Studley Grange Craft Village, just off junction 16 of the M4. Admission is £1.50 per adult or £1 per child. It is open Sundays 10am-4pm, Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm, Fridays 10am-2pm and closed on Saturdays.
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