International Lego Classicism Day is a social media event celebrated across the world every year on the 20th February, the anniversary of the formation of the Lego Classicists Family. Each year, individuals, organizations and institutions participate by playing with ancient history through LEGO and sharing the results on social media using the official hashtags for the day.

 

2022 marks the 5th anniversary of International Lego Classicism Day, and this year’s official host is The Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney, home to the largest collection of antiquities in the southern hemisphere.

 

International Lego Classicism Day was founded by Liam D. Jensen, “The Lego Classicist” in 2017 and has been hosted by many ancient history and classics university departments, museums and institutions including the Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney, the Museum of Antiquities, University of New England and the British School at Athens.

 

Past participants across the world have included school children, libraries, university classics departments, museums and every day individuals, including the British Museum, the Acropolis Museum, the University of Cambridge and the University of Warwick, who have all joined in the fun. The day encourages diversity and inclusion, and participants have come from countries including the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Italy, Greece and the USA. It is co-ordinated from Australia.

 

Many renowned academics, authors and classics personalities have participated in the past including Prof. Michael Scott (academic at University of Warwick and TV broadcaster), Dr. Donna Zuckerberg (author Not All Dead White Men), Natalie Haynes (author and comic classicist) and Dr. Stephanie-Anne Ruatta (historian of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Immortals Fenyx Rising).

 

By using LEGO bricks, everyone, regardless of their skills, language, culture or education can be directly involved with the ancient world, which provides understanding and perspective relevant to the modern world and our everyday lives. LEGO universalises our ability to communicate and come together in a way that everyone can be a part of.

 

This event celebrates playfulness, connection, diversity and inclusion by encouraging everyone to be able to be equally involved and relevant.

INTERNATIONAL LEGO CLASSICISM DAY (ILCD) 20TH FEBRUARY
#ILCD #ILCD2022 #InternationalLegoClassicismDay #InternationalLegoClassicismDay2022

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

 

International Lego Classicism Day is open to everyone. All you have to do to join in is play with ancient history (any culture!) using LEGO bricks or figures in any way you like and post your results on the day on your social media using the official hashtags!

#ILCD #ILCD2022 #InternationalLegoClassicismDay #InternationalLegoClassicismDay2022

You could share a photo of your favourite LEGO ancient world model (the LEGO Pompeii model at the Chau Chak Wing Museum, Sydney, and the LEGO Acropolis at the Acropolis Museum, Athens, are two of my personal favourites), build your favourite classical building with LEGO bricks, or for those lucky enough to be in a part of the world where there are classical ruins, take a photo of a LEGO figure sitting at a famous ancient site. You might even want to make a video, an animation or a graphic novel telling us about your favourite ancient history story! You can do as little or as much as you like – only your imagination is your limit!

 

Everyone can join in, no matter how old you are, where you live, how much you know about the ancient world or whether you are an institution or an individual.

 

Throughout the day, a selection of any participants posts is chosen for posting on Lego Classicists social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter) so make sure you use the official hashtags so that we can see your wonderful LEGO ancient world creations!

HOW DID ILCD START?

 

This event began as a celebration of the 1st anniversary of Lego Classicists, a project by Liam D. Jensen which combines history and pop-art to engage with the art and culture of the ancient world and the people who study it.

 

However, the event has quickly developed a life of its own and grown into a popular and inclusive international event celebrated and supported across the world by people from all walks of life and many cultures who quickly took it to their hearts.

OFFICIAL LC FAMILY CONTENT FOR ILCD

 

Hosts

An ancient history institution is invited to host the day:

2022: The Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney

2021: The British School at Athens

2020: The Department of Classics, Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Adelaide

2019: The Museum of Antiquities, University of New England (Australia)

2018: The Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney

2017: The Museum of Ancient Cultures, Macquarie University

Lego Classicist of the Year Award

 

Lego Classicists awards a special Lego Classicist of the Year Award to an existing member of the LC Family

 

2022: To be announced

2021: Dr. Donna Zuckerberg, USA

2020: Prof. John Bennet

2019: Dr. Stephanie-Anne Ruatta

2018: Michael Turner

Special Figures

 

Lego Classicists releases a special LC Family member on the day

2022: To be announced

2021: Dr. Chau Chak Wing

2020: Prof. Johannes (Han) Baltussen

2019: Melissanthi Mahut & Michael Antonakos

2018: Mrs Gill Andrews

The LC Pantheon

 

Lego Classicists invites up to 12 individuals and institutions, called the LC Pantheon, to create official content for the day

2022: Prof. Mary Beard at the University of Cambridge, UK

Natalie Haynes, UK

Chau Chak Wing Foundation, Australia

Dr. Paul Donnelly, Australia

Lexie (Alexandra) Henning and the The Ozymandias Project, USA

Constantinos Vasiliadis at the Acropolis Museum, Greece

Dr. Stéphanie-Anne Ruatta, Canada

Katali Jarefjäll and the Jönköpings läns Museum, Sweden

​Dr. Pippa Steele and the Crews Project at the University of Cambridge, UK

Jesse Jensen-Kohl Phd candidate at the University of Sydney, Australia

Nathan Sawaya, The Art of the Brick, USA

More to be announced and if you are interested we are still looking for more to join as the LC Pantheon.

Email Liam D. Jensen at contact@thelcfamily.com to submit your application.

 

2021: Natalie Haynes, UK

Dr. Pippa Steele and the Crews Project at the University of Cambridge, UK

Prof. Michael Scott, UK

​Prof. Zahra Newby and the University of Warwick, UK

Dr. Cora Beth Fraser at Open University, UK

Jesse Jensen-Kohl Phd candidate at the University of Sydney, Australia

Katali Jarefjäll and the Jönköpings läns Museum, Sweden

Prof. John Bennet and Dr. Michael Loy at The British School at Athens, Greece

A/Prof. Giacomo Pardini at the University of Salerno, Italy

 

2020: Prof. John Bennet and The British School at Athens, Greece

A/Prof. Giacomo Pardini and the University of Salerno, Italy

Dr. Donna Zuckerberg, USA

Dr. Duygu Camurcuoglou at The British Museum, UK

Prof. Michael Scott, Prof. Zahra Newby and the University of Warwick, UK

Dr. Stéphanie-Anne Ruatta and Ubisoft Quebec, Canada

Dr Samantha Masters at Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Dr. Cora Beth Fraser at Open University, UK

Dr Bronwyn Hopwood and the University of New England, Australia

​Cosi’s Odyssey (Classical social media creator), Australia.

Ure Museum and Reading University, UK

Constantinos Vasiliadis at the Acropolis Museum, Greece

Posts from the General Public 

 

Throughout the day, a selection of any participants posts is chosen for posting on Lego Classicists social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter).