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Manchester Mini Maker Faire – Time Lapse Style

We spotted this film by Alan Ryder on YouTube. Just over an hour of the Faire in just over one minute – brilliant!

2014 Gallery

2014 Gallery

Maker Fun Films

Fantastic films

Our visitors were given the chance to try out stop motion animation with Maker Fun, using plasticine, a Raspberry Pi and plenty of creativity. We’re sure you’ll agree that the end results are fantastic!

Maker Fun have combined all the animations into two films (Saturday and Sunday) – so keep your eyes peeled for your creation if you had a go yourself.

Thank You!

THANK YOU!Image by TAPE | Jan Dixon & Emily Dixon |

Thanks to everyone who made Manchester Mini Maker Faire 2014 such a fantastic weekend. Makers, volunteers, staff and visitors – you were all brilliant!

We’ll be loading the photographs from the Faire soon, so watch this space.

Highlights: The Dutch Cyclist



The Dutch Cyclist at Manchester Day Parade, produced by Walk the Plank. Image: Rich Kenworthy.

We are excited to share our biggest highlight of the Faire – literally. The Dutch Cyclist from this year’s Manchester Day Parade stands at 5 metres tall, so you’re sure to spot it towering over the Mini Maker Faire in the Museum of Science and Industry’s Upper Yard.

Manchester Friends of the Earth partnered with artist Julian Taylor (who created many of the Superlambananas that spread across Liverpool as part of the Capital of Culture celebrations) to create the cyclist, who was pedalled around Manchester during the parade. Julian will be at the Faire to share the making process that goes into creating such a giant structure.

Thanks to Walk the Plank for helping us bring a small part of the Parade to Manchester Mini Maker Faire.



We are excited to share this year’s Manchester Mini Maker Faire Programme. Follow the link to see our Maker List, Show Times and Workshops, to help you plan your day at the Faire.

Don’t forget to head to the Talk Space in the Faire to check out the Maker Talks that will be running each day – details will be on display over the weekend.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, Bit Challenge and the Incredible Inks Workshops will no longer be at Manchester Mini Maker Faire. However there are over 40 other fantastic makers for you to enjoy.

Highlights: Hardware Hopes




Feel attached to your tablet?

Can’t seem to get rid of your old laptop?

Felt let down when your hardware failed?

Hardware Hopes is a ‘live’ exhibition that will grow and change during the Manchester Mini Maker Faire. Exploring how we feel about the computers we own and use, it will record peoples’ stories of frustration, love, breakage, repair, upgrading, throwing away…

Visitors to the Faire can contribute to the exhibition through writing, sketches, photos and audio recordings, so come along and share your stories.

Hardware Hopes is part of Julia Keyte’s doctoral research – you can find out more on her website.


Highlights: Make a Program for Baby


the baby

With under four weeks to go, we thought we would whet your appetite by selecting some highlights you can expect to see during Manchester Mini Maker Faire.

Image © MOSI


We have makers coming from across the country (and even as far away as Texas!) but we thought we’d start off with perhaps the Faire’s most local makers, the Museum of Science and Industry’s Baby Computer Volunteers.

The replica of the world’s first stored-program computer, the ‘Baby’, which first ran in 1948 at the University of Manchester, is on permanent display in the Museum’s Revolution Manchester Gallery.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11am – 3pm, you can find out more about this fascinating exhibit from the Museum’s experienced volunteers.

At the Mini Maker Faire, the volunteers will be offering you the chance to make a program for Baby using Machine Code. Once your program has been tested on a simulator, you can download it to a floppy disk (remember those?), take it up to Revolution Manchester and watch it run on the Baby.

A great reminder of just how far computing has come.



We have some fantastic makers lined up and can’t wait to share them with you as we head towards the Faire. In the mean time, did you know that America is holding a National Day of Making on June 18th with a Maker Faire at the White House?

OK Go, who are well known for their maker-themed videos, have been helping spread the word. You can follow the action on social media using #NationOfMakers. It’s a great opportunity and show of support for the maker community – who knows, maybe there’ll be a UK Day of Making in the near future?

And because we couldn’t resist, here’s OK Go’s Rube Goldberg Machine-inspired video too:

Spotlight on: Tech Makers


Image by TAPE | Jan Dixon & Emily Dixon | www.WeAreTAPE.comImage by TAPE | Jan Dixon & Emily Dixon | www.WeAreTAPE.comWhen people think of Maker Faires, it’s usually technology that first comes to mind. From hi-tech to low-tech, to the familiar, the retro or the futuristic, technology plays a big part in any Maker Faire.

Past Manchester Mini Maker Faires have included Arduinos and Raspberry Pis; digital musical instruments and automatons; hacking and programming; soldering workshops and binary coding.

The Manchester Mini Maker Faire at the Museum of Science & Industry is the perfect place to showcase your technological or digital making, alongside the replica of the ‘Baby’, the world’s first stored-program computer and collections of working historic steam engines that powered the Industrial Revolution.