General Hackspace as venue

Nottingham Hackspace for carers and social workers

Nottingham Hackspace is an ideal place for people across all of Nottingham to come and develop their skills, whether that’s woodworking, programming, crafting, or art.

These are frequently asked questions for anyone who works in the social care or community service industry as to what the Hackspace can and cannot provide.

Are you a service?

No. We’re a member-run non-profit community. We have no staff, and everything is done by a tireless team of volunteers.

What can people do in the space?

People can do anything that abides by our rules.

Within the space, we have specific areas designed around the tools available – a craft area with sewing machines, fabric, and yarn; an electronics area with soldering irons, multimeters, and components; a laser-cutting area with a computer and laser cutter; a woodworking area with a table saw, a lathe, and hand tools; a metalworking area with a lathe, a mill, and welding equipment; and a separate room with a computer and printer. There is also an area with musical instruments and a library and a kitchen with a dishwasher, microwave, and oven.

Except for events that are open to the public (such as workshops and open evenings), the only people allowed in the space are members and their guests.

Any guests that are brought in by members are the responsibility of the member and agree to abide to the same rules as the members.

The Hackspace is a fully unsupervised location, with members being responsible for their own safety and wellbeing.

What do you expect of your members?

We expect all our members to treat the Hackspace and fellow members with respect and care. Along with our rules, we also have a SafeSpaces Policy that we require all members to follow.

As part of treating the Hackspace with respect, we expect all members to not only clean up after themselves, but to leave the space better than they found it.

How can my client become a member?

Your client must come to an open evening and have a tour. You (or any parents/guardians of your client) are also welcome to join. We have them every Wednesday, from 6:30 until 8:30.

During the tour, our membership volunteers show off everything that is at the space, discuss how the space works, and talk about how membership works. Once the tour is finished, people can sign up to become members.

An active email address is required to become a member, as well as regular computer access to receive emails from Nottingham Hackspace. Membership is paid via standing order.

After entering in their email address, the potential member will receive a link to fill out more details. We require all members to provide their address and telephone number for legal purposes.

Once those details are entered, one of the membership volunteers will review the details and approve them. An email will be sent out with our banking details and a reference code that matches up the monthly standing order with the Hackspace membership account.

We do ask that members be over 18. We do have the potential for people over the age of 16 to become members, but only after their parents/guardians come in to discuss it with our trustees.

How much does it cost to be a Hackspace member?

There is no set amount for being a member – it is based entirely on how each member uses the space.

As a caveat, it costs approximately £10 an hour to keep the space running – just paying the rent and bills. Please use that as a consideration when arranging the standing order.

How is the disabled access at the space?

The main entrance to the space is up one flight of stairs via a spiral staircase.

There is a service lift and a rear door that can be opened. However, we cannot guarantee that the lift will be in working order at all times. We also cannot guarantee that the door will be unlocked.

If your client requires access through the service lift and rear door, it would be ideal if you were to let the membership volunteers know ahead of an open night so they can prepare and ensure everything is working.

Once your client is a member, they will need someone to accompany them to open the rear door after entering from the main entrance.

There are plans in place to have a ground floor entrance, an internal stairwell, and a chair lift, but these are still in the planning stage.

Within the space, we do try to ensure there is easy access through all areas of the space, but there may be areas that are wheelchair inaccessible.

We also regret there are no disabled toilets within the space. There are three toilet stalls, but none have any railings or supports.

Can I visit the space during my working hours?

As the Hackspace operates entirely due to the work of its volunteers, it is unlikely that any of the membership volunteers will be available to provide a tour during working hours.

If you client is a member of the space, you can visit during working hours with them as their guest.

Can we use the Hackspace for our events?

All events are run by members. If you are a member of the space, you can use it for your events, provided that you discuss it with the trustees in advance.

How can I contact the space?

There is no telephone at the Hackspace. The primary way to find out about membership is email Please keep in mind that the people answering the emails are also volunteers, and a reply may not be immediately, especially during working hours.

To speak to the trustees of Nottingham Hackspace, please email

Please keep in mind that spam filters and network security systems may block emails from “” due to “hack” being in the address.

Events Workshops

Find out how to help out at the Team Social on Saturday, 30 September!

Are you a Nottingham Hackspace member?

Have you wanted to help out?

Have you wanted to join a team, but wasn’t sure how?

Have you wanted to have a nice meal with nice people and find out how to help?

We’re having a Team Social on Saturday, 30 September.

Starting around noon, this will give you a chance to find out about the various teams, ways you can volunteer at the space, and get involved!

This is also a potluck event, so bring along a nice dish and plenty of enthusiasm!

General Group Project

Hackspace 2.5 Update

Every Tuesday night, our brave group of volunteers spend their evening developing the downstairs of Hackspace 2.5.

See the latest update thanks to Dominic Morrow and Howard Smith:

Would you like to help out with Hackspace 2.5? Come along on Tuesday night, or find out more on the #hackspace2point5 channel on the Nottingham Hackspace Team Slack (available to members via HMS).


A Year in Review 2013

It’s been a year of consolidation at Nottingham Hackspace with a few milestones too. It’s was our 2nd full year at Roden House and our 3rd since Nottinghack was founded. This year marked us breaking the 200 member boundary but also slipping into 2nd place as the UK 2nd largest Hackspace (with London Hackspace’s move in June).

Some highlights have included

The Ukulele Orchestra of Hackspace founded and has since spawned into a number of interesting ventures including Luthiers (Stringed Instrument Makers) Club and Olde Timee Band who you can here playing here. If that is something you like then you can join in most Monday evenings from about 7pm. In fact 2013 was very social all round with the inauguration of Friday’s informal “BAD MOVIE NIGHT” as well as some nice group meals!

We suddenly got famous too, BBC Click featured us in a story by LJ Rich called “Can anyone do DIY Tech?”


Our appearance of television coincided (and not by accident) with us being featured on Hack-A-Day and as a result we had our busiest open night ever…  so we decided to do a live hook-up with London Hackspace and Hackspace Manchester!

We were very happy to see the return of the UK Maker Faire this year and of course Nottingham Hackspace was there in strength providing not only a Hackspace table but also a UK Hackspace Foundation table as well!

We’ll be going to the Maker Faire 2014 too of course. Will you be coming along?

With so many new members we had a very busy and full Annual General Meeting this year. We needed to get at least 50 members in the room! It was a good opportunity for a group photograph.

We’ve had some super hard-work put into running workshops of all kinds though the Arduino workshops have been sold-out and very popular all year! We have more in 2014 check the calendar.

We had fun around Nottingham too when we took part in Light Night… we’re doing that again in 2014 so break out the LEDs and EL Wire!

… we got outdoors again and into the Arboretum to join in with the Green Festival!

What will 2014 bring? We’ve a lot of things planned and we can’t wait to see what you build at the Hackspace!


Nottingham Hackspace on BBC Click

Nottingham Hackspace on BBC Click
Screenshot of the BBC Click website

You can see the Nottingham Hackspace and some of its members on BBC’s Click this weekend or on the BBC website.

LJ Rich (@LJRICH) came to Nottingham to visit Phenoptix and the Hackspace as part of her piece on DIY tech. From Minty Boost kits to Raspberry Pis to laser cutting, the news piece covers a wide range of electronics and ideas that you can explore at the Nottingham Hackspace.

Click airs on the BBC News channel, and can be seen at 7:30pm on Saturdays and 1:30pm on Sundays.

If you are interested in seeing what you can do with tech, come see us on Wednesdays at our Open Hack Nights!


A year in review 2012

This time last year we’d only been at Roden House for 8 months and we’re settling in to life there, I did a review of 2011 which you can read here. We’d just purchased our Myford Super Seven metalworking lathe in December 2011 and that was a major step for the Hackspace and led to much more quality based approach to tool acquisition in 2012 a year that saw Nottingham Hackspace able to meet it’s full rental costs from membership payments alone and breaking the 100 members mark too.

Co-incidentally Nottingham Hackspace has acquired a superb Bridgeport milling machine by Adcock-Shipley of Leicester made in about 1974. We had a tip off from a member of Bristol Hackspace about it’s possible availability at a bargain price. Founder Member Matt Lloyd (aka RepRap Matt and @DPSLWK on twitter) is working carefully through the required restoration to get the mill in top condition for the future. Matt says at this time there are no plans to add CNC to the mill and should be ready to use in the next few months.

One of the first major events last year was the Global Gamejam 2012 and Nottingham Hackspace hosted teams and you can find a write up of that event here.

In March we attended the Science in the Park event at Wollaton Hall teaching well over a 100 kids and adults how to solder. We’ll likely be attending that event again in 2013 on the 23rd March more information here.

April saw us run workshops in making rubber stamps on the laser cutter and making a bat listener. We also had a day dedicated to learning CNC techniques.

The CNC day was run by David Hayward, Matt Little and long time friend of Hackspace Andy Harsley.

In May we celebrated a year at Roden House, with an Open Day

Just like the event in 2011, Open Day is a chance for us to show off projects and tools and invite anyone who is interested to visit the space being shown at it’s best.

June saw Nottingham Hackspace attending the local Mini Maker Faire at the Silk Mill in Derby just up the road from us. The Faire was well attended and Nottinghack showed off it’s automated lighting system plans.

In June we also attended the Green Festival in Nottingham’s arboretum.


In July we had a number of workshops including solar power and a Ladies Night organised by Kate Bolin. We also had one of the most successful events of the year in July the Raspberry Jam, which is an event for users of the Raspberry Pi micro computer.

August saw the Nottingham Hackspace acting as venue to the Young Rewired State Nottingham team who won “Best Example of Code” resulting in the prize of  a Google Plaque (displayed in the comfy area) and a RepRap kit witch they are building most Sundays at the Hacskspace.

September saw a large contingent attending the Electo Magnetic Field event in Milton Keynes. It was awesome…

We had quite a few activities at the Hackspace in September too including wine making, lock picking and candle making.

October saw Nottinghack attending the Ignite Futures Pop-Up Science Shop at the Broadmarsh centre in Nottingham. The shop called 3-2-1 Ignition was very successful. Hackspace had a take over day.


It’s been a great year at Hackspace and a real one for growth in both membership and stability. I look forward to another year of surprises.

Events General

Hack The Space Day

Hack The Day Space

The first Sunday of every month is the Nottingham Hackspace’s Hack The Space Day.

This gives members the opportunity to make the space a better place, whether it’s organising components, building storage, cataloging consumables, or just giving the space a good clean.

If there is ever anything about the space that you feel can be made better, this is your chance to do it – just come along, join in, and help make the hackspace your space!

The Hack The Space Day is an all-day event, and feel free to drop in at any time. All help is welcome!


Nottingham Hackspace at EMF Camp

The front gates at EMF Camp
The front gates at EMF Camp

Nottingham Hackspace was the talk of the field at Electromagnetic Field (EMF Camp), a UK maker/hacker camp, held 31 August to 2 September, 2012 at Pineham Park in Milton Keynes.

Nottingham Hackspace went with the specific plan to host a “hackspace in a field”, bringing along soldering irons, drills, tools, yarn, knitting needles, crayons and the laser cutter. With 13 hackspace members attending, our village was visited not only by fellow hackspaces, but hosted soldering workshops, worked with the TiLDA badges given to all attendees, and provided a bright, cheerful and welcoming place for people of all ages and skill levels to learn what they could accomplish within a hackspace.

The Nottingham Hackspace Tent at EMF Camp
The Nottingham Hackspace Tent at EMF Camp

Along with running the Nottingham Hackspace Village, members enjoyed the rest of the camp, including blacksmithing workshops, talking about starting hackspaces and how to work towards a greater gender ratio, launching bottle rockets, chatting on EMFM, the camp’s streaming radio station, playing with quadcopters, learning variations on Cat’s Cradle, drinking under an M1 underpass in a post-apocalyptic style bar, and even trying the old Mentos & Diet Coke trick.

EMF Camp was a fantastic event all around, and Nottingham Hackspace wants to congratulate all the volunteers and organisers who worked around the clock to make that happen.

You can see what we did at EMF Camp in our Flickr set, and we’ll see everyone at EMF Camp 2014!


A wild Ein the Duck appears!

Ein the Duck on the BBC News Technology site
Ein the Duck on the BBC News Technology site

Ein the Duck made his first appearance in the national media when he appeared on the BBC News Technology homepage.

Ein the Duck appeared as part of the Geek camp comes to Milton Keynes article, all about EMF Camp, the weekend-long hacker/maker camp running from 31 August to 2 September.

If you’re at EMF Camp, come say hi to Ein!


Join us at EMF Camp!

Nottingham Hackspace's plan for EMF Camp
Nottingham Hackspace's plan for EMF Camp

Many members of the Nottingham Hackspace will be attending Electromagnetic Field the weekend of 31 August to 2 September in Pineham Park, Milton Keynes.

This three-day festival is for anyone with an inquisitive mind or an interest in making things – everyone including hackers, geeks, scientists, engineers, artists, crafters and more.

Nottingham Hackspace will have a village at EMF Camp, giving you a chance to see what a hackspace can do while you camp. The space will be bringing equipment and supplies, giving you a chance to make things and try out experiments at the camp.

We’ll have kits for sale, soldering, laser cutting, knitting, drawing, and so much more!

Tickets are still available, both for the full weekend and for single days.

Don’t miss your chance to join us at this unique and exciting event!