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EcoHome Lab – launch and build workshop report

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

EcoHome Lab launched this weekend (19th/20th April 2013) with two fascinating and involving events taking place at MadLab in Manchester. These sessions were part of Carbon Co-op‘s new project to assist householders in taking greater control of their homes through use of open source tools.

The weekend started on Friday evening with Matt Fawcett of Carbon Co-op and Trystan Lea of OpenEnergyMonitors running an introductory workshop on the use of the Arduino platform – a really simple programming environment that enables participants to control bits of technology and kit such as the OpenEnergyMonitors.

This session was followed by a short launch to the project with presentations from Matt and Trystan on the potential of open source technologies and OpenEnergyMontiors in particular, and from Jonathan Atkinson of Carbon Co-op and Eleni Kalkantzi of URBED Co-op, on the potential for these tools to empower householders and provide new methodologies for household energy and retrofit assessment.

 
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MadLab goes on a Day Trip to MOSI

Monday, April 15th, 2013

As part of the All Our Stories local heritage program, on 23rd March the MadLab hosted a day trip to the Museum of Science and Industry.

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It was a brilliant outing packed full of steam engineering and noisy looms, which gave a much appreciated insight in to the reality of workers lives and the contribution made by industrial engineering to the British economy then and now. For those on the trip originally from outside Manchester, it gave a different perspective to the narrative of boom and bust, the height of radical politics and the city’s decline. What was particularly interesting was to see how national issues and political movements such as womens’ suffrage and workers’  rights were seen from the Manchester experience.

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Mary Barton at the Industrial Heritage Reading Group

Friday, April 12th, 2013

MadLab may have a reputation for being overly geeky and tech focused, but we are also home to many creative groups (filmmakers, photographers, writers) and two book clubs. The Heritage Lottery Fund for All Our Stories gave us the opportunity to start a new one – around the industrial heritage of Manchester.

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Film Jam at the MadLab Penny Theatre

Friday, April 12th, 2013

‘When the workers in Manchester finished their day at the cotton mills, Penny Gaff was probably the most popular and yet affordable entertainment for the vast working class, besides drinking. Last week on the 5th April, MadLab put up a set of red curtains and brought us a night of nostalgia, with a contemporary look.

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An afternoon of tea, cakes and oral history

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

History as they say is written by the winners and all too often not by the people who actually helped make it happen. This is why it’s become increasingly important for oral history to be recognised as a viable source of untold stories and perspectives that would otherwise be lost over time.

An afternoon of memories and cake!

An afternoon of memories and cake!

Our first Oral History event took place on 27th March

where a group of us fought the cold to come together and recollect how our beloved Northern Quarter has changed over the years. Some of us had only been in Manchester for six months, others for decades but we all had some unique story to tell, some unique fact that no one else would have known.

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