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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. *

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PKM

9 years ago

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?

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Lithium RainPKM

Reply 9 years ago

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

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starLithium Rain

Reply 9 years ago

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

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Kitemanstar

Reply 9 years ago

Better than sounding like a punctuation mark!

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starKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

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..

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Kitemanstar

Reply 9 years ago

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.

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Lithium RainKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

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

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starPKM

Reply 9 years ago

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.

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Kitemanstar

Reply 9 years ago

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!

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Kitemanwhatsisface

Reply 9 years ago

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

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Lithium RainKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

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

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KitemanLithium Rain

Reply 9 years ago

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

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PKMwhatsisface

Reply 9 years ago

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.

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KitemanPKM

Reply 9 years ago

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

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whatsisfaceKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

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

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Lithium RainKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

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

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PKMLithium Rain

Reply 9 years ago

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

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Lithium RainPKM

Reply 9 years ago

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

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}{itch

9 years ago

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/

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killerjackalope

9 years ago

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...

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starkillerjackalope

Reply 9 years ago

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.

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whatsisfacestar

Reply 9 years ago

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

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killerjackalopestar

Reply 9 years ago

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

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Kiteman

9 years ago

Which part of the UK? When?

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KitemanKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

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

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starKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

(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)

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whatsisfacewhatsisface

Reply 9 years ago

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

scoot.jpg
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whatsisfacestar

Reply 9 years ago

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).

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starKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Oxford and all over, from the 22nd till infinity