Calling all geeks, artists, designers, illustrators, hackers, innovators and idle dreamers; the Manchester Digital Laboratory is here for you!

What is it?

A 3000 sq. ft. former shop in the Northern Quarter – open when there’s an event happening. Check our calendar to see what’s going on.

It’s a space you can get together with like-minded individuals and work on your urban gardening, crochet, hacking, programming, media arts, filmmaking, animating project without worrying that you’re in a coffee shop, pub or other unsuitable venue. We know hackers and craftspeople need work space and may need to get down and dirty – we also know sometimes you need a quiet area to present and show works to your peers. We support both activities. And we hope there will be a rich mix of individuals who’ll get out of the usual zones, the knitter talking to the software architect, the cupcake maker scheming with the laser etching builder. We know some good will come of this.

If you’re organising a workshop, meetup, unconference, user group, or knitting circle  and want to use the space then drop us a line!


Simple. To confirm Manchester’s rightful place as the home of technical and creative innovation and invention in the North West and beyond; to bring together the various communities of doers and thinkers that make this city brilliant and see what comes of it; to build interesting things that inspire others; and most important of all, because it’s fun.


This is a self-funded enterprise – there are no big backers and we’re not stacked with cash so mostly by begging, borrowing or stealing. Maybe you know people replacing hardware – we’d love to provide a second home for it. Let us know!


Check our Events section for upcoming meetups and workshops. You can also download our iCal feed here.