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Anthropomorphic Rat Taxidermy

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
Rat Taxidermy

Rat Taxidermy

Title: Anthropomorphic Rat Taxidermy

Location: MadLab

Description: Using miniature accessories, students will be encouraged to anthropomorphise their rat. Standing, sitting or sleeping, holding a small pipe or book, adorned with a top hat or a tricorn, you will be assisted to transform your rat into a fun parody of human life.

Date: 05-07-2015
From 09:00 to 14:00

Book a place.

The term taxidermy comes from Latin meaning ‘moving skin’. In this 6-hour workshop, students will learn the basics of preservation including how to skin and stuff a rat, and wire up its limbs.

Whether you’re a veteran of our Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy courses or a novice who fancies learning on something bigger than a mouse, Margot will take you step-by-step through the process to create an anthropomorphic (or naturalist) masterpiece.

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics to animals, nature or inanimate objects. Using miniature accessories, students will be encouraged to anthropomorphise their rats (though it’s by no means essential). Standing, sitting or sleeping, holding a small pipe or book, adorned with a top hat or a tricorn, you will be assisted to transform your rat into a fun parody of human life.

About the Course Leader

Margot Magpie is a member of the UK Guild of Taxidermists. Based in London, she teaches both anthropomorphic and standard taxidermy (of a wide variety of small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and hamsters) across the UK. Her work has appeared on tour with musicians Lana Del Rey and Amanda Palmer, and on display in the Science Museum. Margot is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and frequently comments on taxidermy in the media (she has recently appeared on ITV’s This Morning, and on CBC’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi). She blogs about her thoughts and experiences at


The course costs £65. This is a beginners course so you don’t need to bring anything with you, all chemicals and equipment are provided.

Should you wish to do more taxidermy, we will have starter kits including all the equipment (with the exception of rodents) you need available for purchase on the day.

At the end of the course you will leave with your very own anthropomorphic taxidermy rat. Refreshments are provided.


You can book a place via Eventbrite:

Alternatively, you can email us at and we’ll send you an invoice.

Cancellation Policy

MadLab totally understands that stuff can crop up that’s completely beyond your control.

That’s why, if you cancel up to two weeks before one of our courses, we will give you a full refund (minus Eventbrite charges).

Under a fortnight, we will do out best to resell the ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we are only able to offer 50% off the course price.

MCR Game Jam

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
MCR GameJam

MCR GameJam

Title: MCR Game Jam

Description: Are you a coder, artist or audio designer interested in videogame design? Or, are you a gamer who’s curious about how videogames are put together? If so, we’d like to invite you to come join us for the next Manchester Game Jam!

Dates: Saturday 18-04-2015 & Sunday 19-03-2015
From 09:00 to 18:00 each day

Get a ticket over at Eventbrite



Once again we’re throwing a weekend-long Game Jam to coincide with the LUDUM DARE online Jam. If you’re taking part in the Dare then we’re inviting you to come and Jam here instead of hiding away in your bedroom, and if you’re not doing the Dare then we’ll be running an informal Jam all weekend too (probably using the Ludum Dare theme though, so we’re all on the same page)

For our Jam solo and groups are both A-OK, and it doesn’t even have to be a videogame: if board games or anything else is more your bag, that’s cool too. Our only rule is: you have to show your game off at the end!

PLEASE NOTE: we’re open both days from 9am until 6pm, we are not open overnight! If you’re travelling to Manchester then let us know if you need a hand with sleeping arrangements :)

UNDER-16 POLICY: we warmly welcome under 16′s at our Jam, but they absolutely must be supervised by a parent or guardian for the entirety of the event. Unattended children will be taught FORTRAN and released into the wild.

For more info, drop us an email:
or, you can follow us on Twitter: @MCRgamejam


I’m not a programmer, will I be any use at the Jam?
Absolutely! We’re encouraging a really diverse group of people: artists, designers, audio people and everyone in between. Most of our games are videogames, but in the past we’ve had board games and all sorts pop up. Go nuts!

What are the rules?
Rules? Pah! No rules for us. We’ll announce a theme beforehand, but apart from that you can do what you like. Our only request is that at the end of the Jam you show everyone what you’ve been working on.

Is there a winner?
Nah. We’re in it for the games, the learning, and the fun. Let’s be honest: you’re all winners at our Jam.

Do I need to bring a computer?
If you’re making a digital/computer game, then yes please: we don’t have any machines. We usually have some other fun stuff happening (board games, pervasive gaming), but generally most folks will be making videogames. There’s high-speed WiFi and lots of plug sockets, but you’ll need your own machine.

Who owns the games that get made?
You do! We usually share the finished games online, and we’re encouraging people to share their code too: looking at how people have built stuff is all part of the fun. Ownership of anything goes to the creator of the game, but sharing is caring, right?

Can I participate remotely?
For this event, no. It’s a hands-on, group event. Join us!

I don’t have a ticket, can I come anyway?
If we’re not sold out, you can pay on the door. Check the Eventbrite link on this page, or give us a shout!

I have a ticket, but now I can’t make it. What do I do?
Please let us know, so we can refund you and give someone else your ticket. Demand was high, so we don’t want to waste any tickets!

Manchester Linux User Group (ManLUG)

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
Manchester Linux User Group

Manchester Linux User Group

Title: Manchester Linux User Group (ManLUG)

Location: MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, M4 1HN

Description: 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.

Date: 18-04-2015
From 14:00 to 17:00

Manchester Lambda Lounge

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
Lambda Lounge

Lambda Lounge

Title: Manchester Lambda Lounge

Description: A group dedicated to popularising Functional Programming, and exploring new concepts in programming languages.

Date: 20-04-2015
From 19:00 to 21:00

Android Manchester

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
Android Manchester

Android Manchester

Title: Android Manchester

Description: A monthly social get together for Android devotees, and interestees to learn, share knowledge & expertise and the opportunity to ask fellow Droids questions.

Date: 20-04-2015
From 19:30 to 20:30