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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.

Volunteering Opportunities


Copy (2) of MSF13 259The Museum of Science & Industry is recruiting volunteers to support the Manchester Mini Maker Faire. We are looking for Event Orientation Volunteers and Event Programme Volunteers to help visitors and makers get the most out of this year’s Faire.

Orientation Volunteers will welcome visitors and encourage them to participate in the activities across the Museum site. Programme Volunteers will directly support the workshops and talks over the weekend

If you are enthusiastic and enjoy working with the public, are interested in Maker Culture or want to gain experience of programme facilitation and coordination at a National Museum, then this is an ideal opportunity.

To find out more and for details of how to apply, visit the Museum website.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 28th May.

Spotlight on: Workshops and Talks

Spotlight on: Workshops and Talks

Here at Manchester Mini Maker Faire we want to celebrate our local maker community and show people what making is all about. Our programme of workshops and talks is a great way for makers to share their skills and instil enthusiasm in others. It also helps create the exciting, hands-on experience that only a Mini Maker Faire can bring.


Showing people how to program, giving them the tools to solder a flashing badge, making model aeroplanes, crafting with a sewing machine and making spud guns from drainpipes are just some examples of workshops that have made our Faire a fantastic experience for visitors and makers alike.

We’ve also had inspiring talks from our makers – and now we want to hear from you! Can you share your passion for making, or your vision for the future? Perhaps you have turned your making from a hobby into a business? Or are you doing something that makes you stand out from the crowd? Then come and tell us all about it in our dedicated talk space – your story could be the spark for the next generation of makers.

If you would like to run a workshop or give a talk at Manchester Mini Maker Faire, please let us know by filling out the Call for Makers.

Spotlight on: Crafty Makers

Spotlight on: Crafty Makers

When you come to Manchester Mini Maker Faire you will find all sorts of different makers showcasing their creativity and ideas. It really is an inspiring place to be!

MMMFimg0001We want this year’s Faire to involve a variety of makers from technical, digital, crafty and beyond.

Craft-orientated makers at our previous Faires have included wooden pencil case making workshops from Red Squirrel Workshops, farriers making horse shoes, artistic creations from KatzElbows and sewing workshops by Scavenger Annie.

And who could forget the beautiful Chandelier of Lost Earrings, contributed to by visitors to Manchester Mini Maker Faire 2012 or MidConversation’s The Reader, which opened at the 2013 Faire?

If you are a crafty maker who’d like to share your work, run demonstrations or workshops, or involve visitors to the Faire in your project then we would love to hear from you – submit your application here, or get in touch.

What is a Mini Maker Faire?

What is a Mini Maker Faire?

This film is a good place to start if you’re wondering what Maker Faire is all about.

Maker Faire started in the Bay Area of San Francisco in 2006. Since then, the concept has grown into an international movement, with community driven, independently organised Mini Maker Faires popping up across the globe.

These Mini Maker Faires celebrate local Maker culture, bringing together families and individuals to showcase all kinds of incredible projects. Artists, engineers, scientists and crafters are just some of the makers you might find at a Mini Maker Faire.

From conversations with makers to do-it-yourself demonstrations, hands-on activities to inspiring talks and workshops, a Mini Maker Faire is a stimulating and interactive experience not to be missed – so make sure you have the Manchester Mini Maker Faire marked in your calendar.