Posts Tagged ‘madlab’

Oral History Afternoon Tea

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Oral History Afternoon Tea

Oral History Afternoon Tea

Title: Oral History Afternoon tea
Location: MadLab
Date: 27-03-2013
Start Time: 14:00
End Time: 16:00
Booking: register here 











Calling all residents of the Northern Quarter, past and present – we want to hear your stories!

MadLab is taking part in a nationwide Heritage Lottery Fund event, exploring the industrial heritage of the Northern Quarter (formerly St. Paul’s).

If your family has lived in the area at any time from the 19th Century to now, you can contribute to this amazing project.

All contributions are welcome, whether you have memories of shopping trips on Oldham Street or in the market, stories of great-relatives working in the weavers’ cottages or reminiscences of playing along Tib Street.

This is a unique opportunity to preserve local history for generations to come. Your personal memories and stories are very important because they are unlikely to have been documented. Do feel free to bring photographs or memorabilia with you to share with your neighbours.

Come down to MadLab on March 27 for afternoon tea and a trip down memory lane.

Professional audio archivist Amanda Belantara will be at MadLab from 2pm to 5pm to record your words for posterity.

This event is one strand of several activities leading up to a celebration of Northern Quarter heritage – The Ghosts of St Paul’s.

The Ghosts of St Paul’s is a Victorian penny blood dragged screaming back to life in the 21st Century. Inspired not only by the spectacular machinery of the mid-Victorian stage, but by the clandestine technologies of the peep show and backstreet penny gaff theatre, the phantasmagoria and the golden age of stage magic, the imagineers and technologists of MadLab will raise the ghosts of the Northern Quarter to walk the streets again, telling their stories in a vivid and unique after-dark event.

You don’t need to book in advance and can turn up on the afternoon. But if you’d like to know more, please email office@madlab.org.uk

Amanda Belantara is co-founder of art collective Kinokophone.
Kinokophone collects and composes sounds, stories and imagery from around the world. They are an artist collective, producing installations, sound for documentary films, oral history projects and music.

Heritage Lottery Fund

Heritage Lottery Fund

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. It 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.

MoSI Day Trip

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
MoSI trip

MoSI trip

Title: MoSI Day Trip
Location: Museum of Science and Industry 
Description: Join us for a day trip to MoSI, looking into cotton mills, steam power, sewers and more.
Date: 23-03-2013
Start Time: 11:00
End Time: 15:00
Booking: register here

 

 

 

 

The Industrial Revolution was a turning point in world history, touching every aspect of our lives. Particular to Manchester, major technological innovations in textiles and steam sculpted the landscape of the city which are still present today.

What better way to explore the past, draw connections to the current than a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry (MoSI). Join us on the 23rd of March for a day trip in back in time.

As part of the Heritage Lottery Fund, All Our Stories, we will be taking a group to MoSI to excite, experiment and exalt the machines of the past. Opened in 1969, MoSI is devoted to the development of science, technology and industry with emphasis on Manchester’’s achievements in these fields.

We will see a demonstration of the Manchester Mills , following the thread of Manchester’s cotton industry as MoSI presenters take you on a whistle-stop tour of how cotton is processed from its raw state to the finished product – a piece of calico cloth.

We’ll join the Saturday Science workshop –  From Steam to Electricity where you will find out how electricity is made and how a wind turbine works. You will also have an opportunity to make a wind turbine model, try on some personal protective equipment and see how the power station works.

We’ll finish the day looking at Underground Manchester, to find out why clean water and effective sewerage were vital to public health and Manchester’s development.

The day will start at 11am, at the main hall of MoSI. Lunch is not provided, but packed lunches are welcome as well as the restaurant and coffee shop at MoSI.

But if you’d like to know more, please email office@madlab.org.uk

This event is happening at the Museum of Science and Industry, not MadLab.

Heritage Lottery Fund

Heritage Lottery Fund

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. It 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.

E. coli blues in Manchester

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Written by Steph Wright - Genomics Forum Events Manager

On Thursday 30th August I took a wee trip down to Manchester to play with some E.coli, all in the name of events research. When I say ‘play’, I mean partake in some citizen biology, or DIY Bio for those in the know. It’s all the rage these days in the US and increasingly so round the rest of the world. The playground was Manchester’s MadLab’s new hackspace and the gamesmaker (topical I know) was their DIY Bio group led by Asa Calow, a computer scientist by day, an amateur biologist by night. The session was titled Self-cloning Bacteria (AKA genetic modification for beginners) and it basically involved genetically modifying E. coli and if successful, it would turn bits of the agar plate blue. (more…)

Connecting Threads Exhibition at Madlab

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Connecting Threads is a community initiative set up by Manchester September 16th-22nd will see the Connecting Threads exhibition taking place here in Madlab, with special previews on the 14th of September. University School of Arts alumni, Emily Hayes and Becky Waite, which aims to empower members of the homeless community by teaching and developing artistic skills in crafts such as embroidery and mono printing.

This is their first collaborative project and arose out of their shared interest in using creative art as a tool for improving a person’s wellbeing and self-esteem.

Since graduating four years ago, they have worked with a variety of groups including those with learning disabilities and mental health issues. This particular project involved their collaboration with local organisations supporting people affected by homelessness, including The Booth Centre, Life Matters and The Mustard Tree. A series of 12 art workshops were held at the centres, where participants were invited to explore printmaking and embroidery techniques.

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Take a Virtual Tour of Madlab!

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Thanks to 360spin for creating the Google tour of Madlab, where you’ll get to visit us and see what we’re all about without stepping a foot outside your room.


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