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Lego City Community Appeal: Natural disaster hits Great North Build exhibition

Newcastle University’s interactive Lego exhibition appeals for community support after a flood engulfs a quarter of the Lego City. Can you help save it?

“How does a city cope with a sudden natural disaster?” This is the big question being asked this week as part of a live exhibition at the heart of Newcastle University’s new Institute for Social Renewal.
Organisers have flooded the large-scale Lego City and are calling for the community to help rebuild the local infrastructure and learn more about how a place can react to rapid change.
The Great North Build is taking place at the Great North: Hancock museum until 14th April and with academic support has already started a public discussion by tackling the big questions within a debate on Social Renewal.
The Lego City Mayor Steve McLean is appealing to local residents within the community to help pick up the pieces and repair the city:
“Extreme weather and sustained rainfall has flooded the southern quarter of our Lego City. Heavy downpours in the early hours of this morning flooded businesses and homes after the main river burst its banks and overflowed into surrounding villages.
“This is a Crisis Level 4 and we’re calling on residents from the unaffected areas to help our emergency teams in the rebuilding of local infrastructure.
“We need as much help as possible to get our town up and running again. Call in at the Great North Museum to find out how you can help your community.”
The Great North Museum: Hancock is located on Barras Bridge, on Newcastle University’s campus, just two minutes’ walk from Haymarket Metro and bus stations.  The Museum is open throughout the Easter holidays (including bank holidays): Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm. Free entry. For more information visit:

published on: 4 April 2012