In three weeks time, we’ll be getting ready to welcome Makers to start setting up for Manchester’s first ever Mini Maker Faire. We’ve got leaflets going out to Makers so they can remind or inform friends, family colleagues or complete strangers. A Maker Information Pack is nearly ready and we’re still working on the fine details of where exactly everyone will be located.
Most people will be in the 1830 Warehouse. If you’ve been to MOSI before, this is where we’ve the FuturEverything art exhibition, the Culture Customising and Harley-Davidson exhibition and BodyWorlds. It’s where the Connecting Manchester Gallery is so you could pop in and see models used in The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the dressing gown worn by Jeremy Brett when he played Sherlock Holmes.
The top floor of the Warehouse will be the principal space that will be filled with Makers and their projects. Here are some photos of an older layout that help to convey the what the space is like. The Maker Pack will detail what you can do in this Grade 1 listed building.
This is the main stair and lift tower that will bring people into the midst of the concentration of Makers on the top floor.
Beams, pillars, floorboards and exposed brickwork of the 1830 Warehouse top floor
Another angle showing floorboards, pillars and beams of the 1830 Warehouse
Imagine this space filled with enthusiastic people; exhibiting, visiting, being inspired, scheming their next project. It’s going to be great.
We’ve had a good response to our call for volunteers to help make the event run smoothly, so thank you for coming forward and offering your help if you already have. If you’re considering whether you can volunteer, please get in touch with us through firstname.lastname@example.org or give MOSI a call on 0161 606 0105by the 7th July*.
We’ve had some questions from potential Makers about costs associated with being a Maker. We don’t want Makers to end up really out of pocket when they’re spreading the joys of Making.
We’ll be providing light refreshments to keep Makers hydrated and fuelled.
If you plan to run a make and take workshop, you can ask visitors for a contribution to cover the materials they use. You must look after this yourself, so consider how you will deal with the security of any cash and bring a float for change.
Makers can claim some expenses.
In other words, please don’t let the cost of getting here or buying materials that will be used up in demos put you off applying – let’s chat.
Our Maker expenses policy
Some expenses will be available for Makers to help with fuel, van hire or event related materials. Please enquire in advance if you need these. If you’re going to ask visitors for a contribution for any workshop materials they use, you can’t claim for these again through the museum. Expenses will be distributed at the discretion of the museum. The amounts disbursed will be linked to the community benefit achieved.