Here's a Neat Minecraft Model to Restore an Old Castle to its Former Glory

Xbox has partnered with the preservation society National Trust (opens in new tab) and a few British creatives to create a Minecraft model of Corfe Castle. This impressive, intricate build was commissioned by Xbox UK in the National Trust's festival archaeology. It encourages people to build their own ruin using foundations.

Grian, a YouTube video maker, has created this first build. You can see his work in the video above as well as on YouTube. (opens in new tab) Utilizing historical photographs and consulting with an expert, and then combining Minecraft build expertise with a little artistic license, Grian creates a build that highlights the most interesting features of Corfe Castle including its historical octagonal tower and miniature palace or "Gloriette." It is a medieval kingly version I believe, of the Victorian folly.

"Grian has done an incredible job in restoring Corfe Castle to its former glory. He not only managed to create an accurate reproduction of the different styles that were used within the castle grounds, but he also combined it with his own creativity. Martin Papworth, an archaeologist working for the National Trust, said that we are eager to see more creative designs by more young minds."

You can download Corfe's ruins yourself by checking out the Minecraft server The ruins can be downloaded as a package for Minecraft: Education Edition to be used in classrooms. Microsoft's website contains more information. (opens in a new tab)