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Upcoming Events

Now and next at MadLab

Tuesday 26 May

Scala Manchester

Scala is an "object-functional" programming language for general software applications. All skill-levels of Scala developer welcome!


A meetup for all those interested in the Arduino platform: creatives, designers, programmers, engineers, artists, makers, hackers and inventors!
Wednesday 27 May

Manchester PostgreSQL Meetup

PostgreSQL (AKA Postgres) is a database management system (DBMS) with an emphasis on extensibility and standards compliance.

CRIT Group

CRIT stands for Creative Reflection and Investigation Talk Group, and is an opportunity for artists and designers to get together, discuss their work, and support each other.
Thursday 28 May

Manchester Space Programme

The Manchester Space Programme is a community initiative for anyone interested in space and space-related activities.
Friday 29 May

Red Velvet

Hive Mind Theatre presents… a play by Patch Middleton.
Saturday 30 May

The ToBeGosu Cup

A Hearthstone Tournament and Fireside Gathering.

Red Velvet

Hive Mind Theatre presents… a play by Patch Middleton
Monday 01 June

NS Manchester

A group of people in the Manchester area with an interest in iOS or Mac Development.

Bitcoin - Not an eBay for Drugs: How darknet sites like Silk Road are transforming markets

A meetup for Bitcoin users, miners, buyers, sellers or anyone else otherwise interested in Bitcoin in the North West.
Tuesday 02 June


A monthly get together of DSLR video makers to share camera knowledge, demonstrate kit and techniques, showcase and critique films.

Manchester Bipolar Youth Support Group

For people 18-25 who're affected by, or concerned about, bipolar.

Mad Graphic Novel Group

A discussion group for those looking to talk, argue, debate about graphic novels, comics, comix and web-comics.
Wednesday 03 June

North West Playtesters

A meetup with friendly and like-minded game designers, to playtest each other’s games.

North West Drupal Usergroup Meetup May 2015

A monthly meetup, featuring expert help and demonstrations of the Drupal content management platform.
Thursday 04 June

Manchester Space Programme - Build Meeting

The Manchester Space Programme is a community initiative for anyone interested in space and space-related activities.

North West Technical Communicators Group

Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Tuesday 09 June

Manchester Jewellers Network

A forum for emerging jewellers to develop and show new work, and an incentive for established contemporary jewellers to extend their ranges and take on fresh challenges.
Tuesday 16 June

Manchester Sci-Fi Book Club: We Who Are About To...

Manchester SciFi Book Club meet on the third Tuesday of every month to discuss a science fiction book previously chosen by the group. Discussions are informal and you don't need to have read any SciFi before to come along.
Saturday 20 June


ManLUG is a group of GNU/Linux users from in and around Manchester who meet up regularly to discuss Linux and the GNU operating system.
Monday 29 June

Ember Manchester

Ember Manchester is a community for anyone interested in ambitious building web applications with Ember.js.
Thursday 18 June

Advanced WordPress

A two-day course with WordPress co-founder Mike Little

This advanced course takes your WordPress skills to the next level.
Thursday 25 June

Intermediate WordPress

A two-day course with WordPress co-founder Mike Little

Take your WordPress site to the next level!
Wednesday 08 July

Java in 2014, 2015 & 2016 - Ben Evans

The Manchester Java Community is a group for Java professionals interested in gathering and sharing knowledge in the industry.
Saturday 04 July

Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy: Morning Session

with Margot Magpie

Learn the basics of preservation including how to skin and stuff a mouse, and wire up its limbs.

Antropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy: Afternoon Session

with Margot Magpie

Learn the basics of preservation including how to skin and stuff a mouse, and wire up its limbs.
Sunday 05 July

Anthropomorphic Rat Taxidermy

with Margot Magpie

Learn the basics of preservation including how to skin and stuff a rat, and wire up its limbs.

Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy: Evening Session

with Margot Magpie

Learn the basics of preservation including how to skin and stuff a mouse, and wire up its limbs.

Latest News

Updates, opinions & ephemera from the MadLab hivemind

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Welcome to the new MadLab website!

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

It’s been a long time coming, but here it is – our new website. The last one has seen us well, but we figured that (much like MadLab’s Edge Street HQ) it was long overdue for a revamp. It’s still very much in beta stage, and we’ll be tweaking and adding to it over the […]


HQ Update, Spring Edition

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

Refurb on the home straight; new Makers’ Workshop; additions to the MadLab core team. Spring has sprung, and there have been lots of super exciting developments lately at our Northern Quarter HQ. The refurb is nearing completion, plus we’ve  been green-lit for a new digital making facility, with lots of shiny new hardware (including a […]


The Open Data Challenge Series

Posted by Rachael Turner, 2 months ago

The Open Data Challenge Series run by Nesta and the Open Data Institute is pleased to bring the forthcoming Jobs Challenge to the city of Manchester in April 2015. They will be hosting the Creation Weekend in Manchester on 25/26 April which will be an opportunity for invited teams to come together and develop/pitch their […]


Digital Skills for Women 2015

Posted by Asa Calow, 2 months ago

Following on from last year’s hugely successful Digital Skills for Women training in libraries across Manchester, we’re back once again – bigger and better than ever! This time around we’re running twenty free 2-day workshops, covering four topics, for unemployed women across Greater Manchester – everything from the basic skills which are essential to today’s workplace […]


SciFi Book Club Reading List – Spring/Summer 2015

Posted by Team MadLab, 3 months ago

For all you Science Fiction fans, here is our next round of books for Manchester SciFi Book Club… 17th Mar – World War Z by Max Brooks (342 pages) 21st Apr – Time’s Eye by Arthur C Clarke & Stephen Baxter (384 pages) 19th May – The Man in the High Castle by Philip K […]

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Sunday Code Club Salford – Term Dates & Twitter A/C

Posted by Rachael Turner, 4 months ago

Term Dates for February/March. To confirm, the first club will start at MadLab Salford (216 Chapel St) on the 15th February from 2-3pm. We’ll be taking the following week off (22nd), and thereafter we’ll follow term times. I’ve set up a google calendar link for all the spring term events, but currently you’ll need to […]


Manchester SciFi Book Club: Next Round of Books

Posted by Team MadLab, 4 months ago

Hi Everybody! In our latest vote there were two definite favourites followed by six books tied in third place. So we have scheduled the top two and will leave voting open for a bit longer to see if any more favourites emerge! Our next books are: 17th March – World War Z by Max Brooks […]

Salford Code Clubs: UPDATE

Posted by Rachael Turner, 5 months ago

From Sunday 15th February, MadLab will be running Code Clubs in Salford, from our new public venue on Chapel Street. The clubs will give Salford children their first introduction to programming, by teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills. The taught languages will progress through Scratch (a visual, block based […]

Christmas Tree Workshop at FACT

Posted by Jake Causier, 5 months ago

This past weekend has been quite a festive and creative one! Three of our staff were invited to FACT in Liverpool to run a workshop throughout the day to make some Christmas Trees using basic electric components and soldering. Lots of people came along eager to get their hands on making one, both kids and […]

Code Clubs at MadLab

Posted by Rachael Turner, 6 months ago

Volunteer Opportunities! MadLab and Code Club have joined forces to create weekly Code Clubs for 9 – 11 year olds in Salford. The new after-school clubs will run at MadLab’s brand new offices on Chapel Street and in primary schools around the Salford area. Come along and find out more from 6pm on: December 10th […]