In 2012, Time Out's youngest reviewer, then-seven-year-old Bill Blake, helped the Nicholson Museum use Lego to bring history to life. Here's what he had to say about the project:
"There are two things I really love. Lego and museums. One day I was trying to think up a new Lego creation to make. I was thinking about a pyramid, the Sphinx, Arch of Constantine (which I did make) or the Great Wall of China. Then I thought: the Colosseum! I’m really into Roman history. So I told my mum about it and she said, “great idea, let’s go talk to the Nicholson Museum to get some tips on how to make it”.
"So we talked to Michael Turner, the curator at the Nicholson Museum and he got really excited. Now I’m helping Ryan McNaught, a Lego certified professional, to make the 240 arches that are needed to build the one by two metre colosseum. It’s going to be the biggest Lego colosseum ever built."
It is indeed the largest ever Lego model of the Colosseum, and the centrepiece of a larger Nicholson Museum exhibition about the fascinating history of the amphitheatre, which includes video and historical artefacts. it has just extended its stay in Sydney till June 2013.