Makerspaces are also known as Hackspaces or Hacklabs. There are different definitions and interpretations, but underlying all of them is the notion that they are "community centers with tools" that enable "making". Many are focused on computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art. At the moment ours is still evolving, but you can shape the space by getting involved.
The idea of the makerspace evolved over time through various conversations between members of Lancaster Cohousing. Most of those currently involved are either members of Lancaster Cohousing or the Green Elephant Co-operative, but we are very keen to reach out to the wider community of makers and tinkerers in and around Lancaster and Morecambe.
We are still very much in the evolution phase, so it will continually improve. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to join as a member, which will require you to pay an affordable monthly subscription in order to use our facilities. Under 18's are welcome to if accompanied by an adult. Members will have 24/7 access to the workshop unless it is booked out for a specific workshop
We are based in a large ground floor workshop within the newly refurbished, environmentally friendly business called Halton Mill run by the Green Elephant Co-op which is located next to the River Lune in Halton, nr. Lancaster.
The workshop has been unused for a number years and has needed plenty of TLC in order to make it usable.
We are almost entirely reliant upon donations or loans of equipment.