Guides/Getting started

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This page is intended to help people who have never been to the Hackspace before.

Everyone should read the rules which covers things you can/can't do, as well as the faceplant list which details things you can do but would probably regret (mainly concerned with common tool related gotchas).

Just looking?

Not sure you want to be a member? Check our IRC channel (Warning: maybe NSFW) or mailing list (Warning: 100 emails per day) to get a feel for us; come along on a Tuesday or arrange (via IRC or the list) to come along at another time.

Become a member

This is the website to go to to become a member, for detailed information how to sign up as well as why you should go here.

Briefly: members get full access and stop us closing. No members = no space.

Once you've set up the standing order please allow a couple of days for it to clear then come along to the space and ask someone to get you access (best to check on IRC that someone will be there).


  • The main mailing list hosted on Google groups. The space is pretty loosely organised with the majority of information being sent out via our mailing list. This has a fairly high through put (google says at least 20 emails a day) so if you're busy/easily distracted consider using the digest mode.
  • The infrastructure mailing list, less often used but a place for discussing projects to be carried out on the space itself (eg kitchen installation); much less used.
  • IRC. As well as the mailing list there is a fairly lively (although at times NSFW) IRC chat room that is used for more general discussion, feel free to join in, members get ops (just ask).
  • Our Tuesday socials every Tuesday we have a social meet at the space from about 19:30. There is normally a large pizza order (currently £5 / person) for food, drink is BYOB (or buy donate to a beer-run). This is an excellent time to meet people and look about.

As well as these there are the standard others: twitter and facebook there are also more specific options: flickr has our photos; thingiverse has some of our laser cutter and Makerbot designs (and files); our software is repo'd at github. We also have a blog which hosts photos & info on assorted projects.


The space hosts a variety of events, from workshops and lockpicking to parties and young hacker's days.

All of these are announced on the list and are put our events calendar.


The main project page is here, as well as this there are assorted members projects here. In general projects progress when people work on them; if there is a public project you are interested in read the wiki page for it, ask around on IRC or the mailing list then go for it.

No matter what the project (personal or public) these pages may help:

  • Suppliers lists local, national and internet based suppliers for all sorts of things.
  • Guides contain assorted "how-to's" (and some "how-not-to's") for tools around the space
  • Equipment, what we have. Be aware some tools require training (notably the laser cutter and the Makerbot, these are delicate, expensive, tools: if you don't know how to use them please ask).
  • The training directory covers who to talk to about what.
  • Our library contains a range of books (many more than listed here) that are free to use and cover a range of topics, members can borrow books but must list what they've borrowed on the page (at the very bottom).
  • Our workshops page covers upcoming workshops as well as those passed; the individual pages often contain much useful information (as well as possible contacts), for more see below.


Workshops are organised by our members, they are announced on the mailing list and the Workshops page. Most workshops are free but for some (especially those that supply equipment) you will have to pay for them although members will receive a discount. It's also worth noting that some of these workshops will have limited places or other constraints so make sure you check.

Anyone can organise a workshop, it can be a 30 minute 'lightening talk' on what you do for a living (thats how the biohacking started) or a much longer, full weekend teaching session (eg the arduino workshops).

If you want to run a workshop announce it on the list and put it on the page pick a date (check that nothing else is planned) and go for it!

The process is similar if there's a workshop you would like to see: ask about it on the list, and then put it on the request list.

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