Posts Tagged ‘All Our Stories’

Ye Olde Hack Day

Saturday, March 16th, 2013
Ye Olde Hack Day

Ye Olde Hack Day

Location: MadLab
Description: Hackday – Victorian style!
Date:  04-05-2013
Start Time: 11:30
End Time: 18:00
Booking: Book a spot!










cycling manCatch the Victorian spirit of ingenious and fantastical mechanical invention by making a low-tech automaton controlled by cams, cogs and levers. There won’t be a microchip in sight!

Using pre-made components, participants will construct a basic crank and camshaft-powered mechanism. This skeletal mechanism is the experimental springboard to design and create an automaton powered by hand. It can be hacked around in any way – and more complex mechanisms built-on.

A variety of mechanical parts, construction and decorative materials will be provided. Please bring a bag of bits and pieces (nothing heavy though!). Tins, small boxes, odd little bits of wood, small old toys, curious found objects and old Xmas tree baubles – or anything that could be used to create whacky kinetic designs – are all good!

Creative ideas will most likely be sparked by playing around with the movements and harnessing their intrinsic characteristics. Fantasy, mischievousness and experimentation will be the order of the day.

About workshop leader Stephen Guy

Stephen has been involved with automata for many years, having first discovered them at Cabaret Mechanical Theatre when it had a permanent home in London’s Covent Garden.

He specialises in devising automata workshops for museums, science centres, colleges and schools – including London’s Science Museum, the V&A, the Design Museum – and of course Cabaret. He has run experimental mechanical theatre courses at Rose Bruford College, and co-founded Fire the Inventor to promote the culture of making.

His fascination with automata is rooted in the alliance of free artistic licence with the discipline of engineering, and the idea of machines as performers and entertainers. Best of all, he likes how – with a little ingenuity and an open mind – the simplest mechanisms can produce amazing results.

Check out one of his past workshops here.

Heritage Lottery FundYe Olde Hack Day is part of ‘The Ghosts of St Pauls’ – a series of MadLab events about the history of the Northern Quarter, supported by an ‘All Our Stories’ grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
All Our Stories is a brand new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story – and is designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups are carrying out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.

Manchester Industrial Heritage Reading Group – Mary Barton

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Manchester's Industrial Heritage Reading Group

Manchester’s Industrial Heritage Reading Group

Title: Manchester Industrial Heritage Reading Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Book club for readers interested in Manchester’s industrial heritage
Date: 25-04-2013
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

Are you interested in Manchester history – specifically turn of the 19th century? It was a time of great social and economic upheaval, where fortunes were made, squalor was squalled and people all over the world came to document and comment on the state of the world.

This months session is a continuation of the first group meet up on the 2nd April and will feature an in-depth discussion on the novel Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell.
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We invite you come join the latest reading group at MadLab. This group will focus on Manchester’s industrial heritage, reading a mixture of fiction, non-fiction and autobiographies.

See what we got up to last time, and join us exploring Manchester of the 1840′s.

If you have any questions, please contact office@madlab.org.uk
Heritage Lottery Fund

This book club is a series of MadLab events about the history of the Northern Quarter, called The Ghosts of St Pauls. This project is supported by an ‘All Our Stories’ grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). All Our Stories, a brand new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story – has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.

MadLab trip to V&A

Monday, March 4th, 2013
V & A Day trip

V & A Day trip

Date: 20-04-2013
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00
Booking: Grab a seat here











Road trip to the V&A in London!

On 20th April, MadLab will leave the sunny streets of Manchester to go and visit the London Victorian and Albert Museum (V&A). This outing is a part of The Ghosts of St Paul’s, an ‘All Our Stories’ Lottery National Heritage funded project which aims to encourage communities to take a proactive approach to discovering and preserving their local heritage.

The trip to the V&A will include a tour of the fabulous Victorian collection which includes specimens from every day and haute couture clothing to intricate brass and ironmongery. It will be a chance to see what inspired the designers, tinkerers and makers of the past, and understand how the industry of towns such as Manchester and other northern metropoli contributed to the economic and political might of Britain, the lynchpin of the largest Empire ever seen.

The booking fee covers transport, and light refreshments for the journey to and from London. Further information regarding exact times and location will be published later on. This is an all day event, so clear your calendar on the 20th for an exciting adventure!

So far MadLab has hosted a variety of events as part of this project, which have included an Oral History Afternoon Tea where a group of people sat together to share memories of Northern Quarter in the past and how it has evolved from the 60’s onwards. Last year, Engels’ night created a storm, featuring pigs and opera singers in a dramatic presentation of the radical history of Manchester.

Image source: design image source: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/s/style-guide-influence-of-india/

Image source: design image source: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/s/style-guide-influence-of-india/

For more information please contact office@madlab.org.uk

The V&A trip is a series of MadLab events about the history of the Northern Quarter, called The Ghosts of St Pauls. This project is supported by an ‘All Our Stories’ grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). All Our Stories, a brand new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story – has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.

 

Heritage Lottery FundThe V&A day trip is part of ‘The Ghosts of St Pauls’ – a series of MadLab events about the history of the Northern Quarter, supported by an ‘All Our Stories’ grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
All Our Stories is a brand new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story – and is designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups are carrying out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.