120Views41Replies

Author Options:

Makers in England!? Answered

Hey! I'm going to the United Kingdom and I wanna meet all the hep cats hanging out and building things! Where should I go, and what should I absolutely go see? Maker-wise. *

41 Replies

user
PKM (author)2008-10-06

The London science museum and natural history museum are favourites, for fairly obvious reasons. Sadly I don't think we have an equivalent of the area Instructables is based in, except perhaps places like Camden market where you can buy a huge variety of funky things (clothes, crafts, massive beanbags, dubious herbal substances) in a small space. I'm not that familiar with the north of the country so I don't know what to suggest there, someone like gmjhowe might be able to answer your questions about the north better than I can. Also I think the UK Instructablers are looking for an excuse to meet up (certainly a few of us are)- perhaps we should descend on Kiteman's scout hut? :P I'm not sure how much else I can tell you- the UK's maker culture isn't quite as organised as you Bay Area folks. What's the planned timescale of your visit?

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Lithium Rain (author)PKM2008-10-07

Is this Star Simpson? It looks like a new gal...

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
star (author)Lithium Rain2008-10-07

Hey, it's still me. Trying out a different username.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Kiteman (author)star2008-10-07

Better than sounding like a punctuation mark!

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
star (author)Kiteman2008-10-07

stasterisk - my name is Star, and when I was ~12 or 13 I signed my name as "St*r", with the * a five pointed star with the "A" a bit bolder.

I think I once shortened it to "ST*" and my best friend glanced over and said "ST*?" "How am I even supposed to pronounce that, 'st-asterisk'?"

hence..

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Kiteman (author)star2008-10-07

Wow.

Here's me thinking it was one of those user names where people stare vacantly at the keyboard for inspiration...

Sorry for any insult - it was entirely unintentional.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2008-10-08

Before you 'splained it, I thought the same thing about yours...

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
star (author)PKM2008-10-06

the 22nd until later than that. A maker meetup would be awesome, but that's not all I'm looking for. For example, if there are any medieval blacksmitheries or foundries/forges around, that would be pretty cool. Whatever neat stuff is around. I've had one recommendation for an explosives manufacturing museum in Portsmouth, I believe.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Kiteman (author)star2008-10-07

You could try http://www.yell.com (the British yellow pages site).

Also:

The National Railway Museum usually has a steam engine or three in pieces all over the workshop, and may do shop-floor tours.
English Heritage
I think Ironbridge has old forges working (not medieval, though).
The English Tourist Board can research stuff for you, so can the Welsh Tourist Board.

Oxford has its own site

There are any number of steam museums.

Oh! I found a blacksmithing school that's near Whatsisface!

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
whatsisface (author)Kiteman2008-10-07

I've never heard of that place before...

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Kiteman (author)whatsisface2008-10-07

The joy of google - get your backside over there and check it out!

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2008-10-07

Hahaha! Permission to copy/paste this comment to people for the rest of my life?

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Kiteman (author)Lithium Rain2008-10-13

Hey, whatsisface - have you checked out that smithing place yet?

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
whatsisface (author)Kiteman2008-10-13

Nope, A-levels and all ;-)

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
PKM (author)whatsisface2008-10-13

Hasn't the academic year just started? Your exams aren't for aaages yet- go check it out!

This devil's advocate brought to you by Bad Conscience Inc.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Kiteman (author)PKM2008-10-14

Depends if he's doing a modular course - he could have exams, or need to hand in moderated work, every few weeks.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
whatsisface (author)Kiteman2008-10-14

Nah all my courses are linear, but the amount of homework my school sets is the stuff of legend.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2008-10-13

Question: Why did you reply to me, and how did whatsisface see it anyway? (:D

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
PKM (author)Lithium Rain2008-10-13

The same way I did- it notifies everyone down the comment tree, not just the immediate reply-ee. Reply-ceiver? Replicant?

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Lithium Rain (author)PKM2008-10-13

Oooooh, I get it. I turned off those pesky alerts a long time ago.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
}{itch (author)2008-10-13

i'm at manchester uni and the museum of science and industry in Manchester is pretty wicked.
Also if you ever find yourself near Byard's Leap (it's kinda in the middle of nowhere but still, you never know) there is an awesome bubble car museum.
http://www.bubblecarmuseum.co.uk/

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
killerjackalope (author)2008-10-07

Well I'm a little boat ride off but the places those two suggested are good so far, the big aviation museums are interesting... For cool places to go PKM's right, it's no SF... You said oxford below? As in Oxford to do what things, I have some friends in the uni there...

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
star (author)killerjackalope2008-10-07

Awesome! I'd love to meet them! I'm visiting and traveling around for an indefinite period of time. I'll be in Oxford for sure for two or three weeks, after that, anywhere I can drive to is game.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
whatsisface (author)star2008-10-07

I reccommend you go to Cornwall/Devon. That part of the country is really nice in summer.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
killerjackalope (author)star2008-10-07

Hmm, I'll hopefully be over at some point, I wonder about the rest of them, maybe a 'iblers meeting is in order!

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Kiteman (author)2008-10-06

Which part of the UK? When?

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Kiteman (author)Kiteman2008-10-06

("Hep cat"? You're older than you look...)

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
star (author)Kiteman2008-10-06

(I'm just getting all retro. Soon I'll shoot forward through history and you'll find me riding a scooter with 22 rear view mirrors)

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
whatsisface (author)star2008-10-07
user
whatsisface (author)whatsisface2008-10-07

And I'm not even kidding, this is a really old picture, it's had loads of work since:

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
whatsisface (author)star2008-10-07

My Dad won't let me, it's pretty much his pride and joy. He's got 2 others though, and those I'm allowed to have a go with (off public roads, I've not passed my test yet).

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
star (author)whatsisface2008-10-07

That's awesome! Nice shot!

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
star (author)Kiteman2008-10-06

Oxford and all over, from the 22nd till infinity

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer