A father and daughter from Essex have constructed a wearable replica of the Sutton Hoo helmet made entirely out of Lego pieces.
Andrew Webb, 45, and his 11-year-old daughter Tilda said they were inspired to take on the lockdown project after watching Netflix drama The Dig, which tells the story of the excavation of the Great Ship Burial at Sutton Hoo in 1939.
They have submitted their design to the website Lego Ideas in the hope the toymaker will turn it into an official set to put on sale.
The Sutton Hoo helmet is thought to have been created in the late 6th or early 7th century and is currently housed at the British Museum.
It is one of just four known complete examples from Anglo-Saxon England.
Mr Webb said: “Like a lot of people, we were looking for a meaningful project to keep us busy during lockdown that wasn’t baking banana bread.”
When it was found in 1939, the original helmet was in hundreds of tiny pieces and was painstakingly pieced together by British Museum conservator Nigel Williams.
“That’s exactly like a Lego set, only with no instructions to follow,” said Mr Webb.
“The helmet is one of Britain’s most important artefacts, and its ancient and recent history is such an inspirational story.”
Mr Webb focused on making the helmet while Tilda added Lego figures of excavator Basil Brown and landowner Edith Pretty, as well as King Raedwald, who the helmet is believed to have belonged to.
The helmet has received more than 600 votes of support on Lego Ideas – a fan site where creators submit their builds for consideration by the toymakers.
Lego may make it into an official set if it reaches the milestone of 10,000 votes.
The Dig was released on Netflix in January and stars Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James.