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New courses brought to you by the MadLab community!

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014


Our course programme has been extremely hectic lately with a phenomenal demand for places. While you guys have been busy stuffing mice, learning to code, advancing your WordPress skills and projection mapping, we’ve been thinking of new ways to expand our course list.

With the existing ethos in play- hands on and relaxed with expert tutors providing exceptional value for money- we’ve come up with a new strand of Artisan-style courses that we will be launching this year.

Taking inspiration from the guys over at Brooklyn Brainery, we aim to put on a range of fun, unique, community-driven courses that provide the opportunity to learn new skills and meet people with like-minded interests.

We’re kicking this off with From Script to Screen, an intensive screenwriting course brought to you by community group Bokeh Yeah!

Aimed at emerging independent filmmakers, the course will be run by Nathalie Henry, a poet, playwright and creative practitioner from the University of Leeds.

From Script to Screen is an opportunity to work intensively on a script from start to finish, gaining peer feedback and tutor advice throughout.

At the end of the course you’ll have a finished script, some handy connections and the chance to have your film produced by professional filmmakers.

If scriptwriting’s your bag, find out more here or book your place here.


New to MadLab?

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Do you have an event coming up and need a venue?

First time hirers at MadLab can get 50% off room hire for a limited time only.  Dates available are:

  • Sunday 6th April 2014
  • Sunday 13th April 2014
  • Sunday 20th April 2014
  • Saturday 10th May 2014
  • Sunday 11th May 2014
  • Sunday 25th May 2014

Find out more about our facilities and venue hire…

Or contact us on to arrange to see the venue/make a booking.

Happy March from MadLab Courses!

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
MadLab Courses

MadLab Courses

Fancy learning WordPress, how to write a short story, the first step you need to create a robot army or the best way to stuff a bird? We can help.

MadLab has been running courses since 2010 and our thinking is simple – get the best tutors in, teach the most up-to-date courses and don’t charge silly money. All the income from our courses goes back into running the community space – so by coming on our courses, you’re also supporting a good cause. Well done you!


Longsight Library Takeover – this Saturday!

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

On Saturday, the MadLab team are heading over to Longsight Library to host a day of making, coding and creating. Primarily aimed at women and girls, MadLab will be teaming up with Manchester Girl Geeks to showcase a range of fun tech and science-themed activities.

Resident DIY biologists Noah Most and Asa Calow will show you how to extract DNA from strawberries, create yeast balloons and make ricotta cheese from milk and lemons! Visitors will also be able to create their own ‘Brushbots’ (mini robots) and take part in workshops from Arduino to Raspberry Pi to making banana pianos.



The day will be a real hands-on experience and a fun introduction to the world of science and maker technologies. No prior skills are required and the event is open to all ages. All you need is a little bit of curiosity – the MadLab team are on hand to provide everything else.

The Longsight Library Takeover will take place this Saturday 15th Feb at Longsight Library from 10am-4pm.  Visitors are welcome to pop in and join in at any point throughout the day. If you miss that date, we’ll be doing it all again on the 22nd Feb!

See you there!

MadLab x

MadLab in Space!

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Last year we set ourselves a challenge for MadLab in 2014 – to boldly go where no other city has been before and launch our very own civic space programme. Now, thanks to a micro-grant from the UK Space Agency our childhood dream of space exploration is being fully realised.

Space dog

Going into space might sound overly ambitious for an organisation like ours, and certainly until a few years ago that was very much the case. However, in 2014 thanks to the dreamers and plucky underdogs quietly toiling away in sheds and garages worldwide (and of which we at MadLab wholly approve) those ambitions have been brought within our reach.

Next month sees the UK launch its first cubesat into orbit, carrying school projects and more into space for the first time. Meanwhile, dedicated amateurs have figured out how to take incredible photos showing the curvature of the earth – attaching a camera and a GPS device to a weather balloon and chasing it across the country until it bursts. These are just two examples but there are plenty of others, from hobbyists doing near-space rocketry to DIY satellites and lots more besides.

Our civic space programme then is somewhat unlike its national counterpart. There are the obvious differences of course – number of zeros in the budget (ours: fewer), number of trained astronauts (none) – but the most important difference of all is that MadLab’s space programme is open for anyone of any age to get involved. Starting on the 27th of February (more info coming soon), we’ll be holding regular events at the MadLab with talks and discussion as well as the chance to get our hands dirty building a balloon-powered satellite. For anyone with an interest in space we’d love to hear from you, either through the website or social media (@madlabuk on both Facebook and Twitter). Alternatively, just keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming launch party.

UPDATE: 27th February is the date! 7pm until 9pm, more info here.