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Created July 3, 2014 20:40
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Southampton Shed Presentation

Southampton Makerspace

A brief introduction by Benjie Gillam

What is a Makerspace?

  • Community Workshop
  • Friendly
  • Work together or apart
  • Learning
  • Sharing


  • Tools
  • Equipment
  • Knowledge
  • Experience

What's the status?

  • Small industrial unit in Freemantle
  • 18 months old
  • Cashflow positive (just)
  • 71 members and growing

Who's it for?

  • Creative hobbyists
  • Anyone who wants to make
  • Any background
  • Over 18s only, unless accompanied by a responsible adult

Is it a business?

  • Company limited by guarantee (no shareholders)
  • Non-profit, volunteer-ran
  • No-one gets paid

How does it work?

  • Supported primarily by member subscriptions (from £5/mo)
  • Other income from running workshops and sponsorship
  • Members help run the space
  • Trustees are there to sign the paperwork
  • Guests welcome

Relevant to Men's Sheds?

  • Community workshop
  • Generally empty during the working day
  • Woodworking, metal-working, manual and power tools
  • Ground floor, easy access
  • Keen not to waste the space!

Kick-start Men's Shed!

  • Already insured
  • Already have legal structure
  • Successful (18 months old)
  • Share leadership by becoming a Trustee
  • Already have initial venue (plans to move somewhere bigger)
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