Back in August, we moved into Stonebow House along with the Arts Barge people. As the developers now want to start doing work on the building, we’ve moved out. From the fourth floor, with no working lift, there was a lot of manual handling down the narrow fire escape to the car park with all our gear!
Having a temporary space to use when we like has been a great thing for the Hackspace (and not just because of the beautiful views either) – it’s attracted some new members, and given us a chance to see what freedoms that offers. Being able to leave tools and gadgets out has given us a great community feeling, and it’s certainly saved me a lot of backache carrying my stuff to and fro.
Sharing with the other artists has also been really enjoyable – we’ve seen people doing all sorts of creative things, and we’ve had a fair amount of interest in our own work too.
We’re still working on finding “Hackspace 3.0”, so watch this space (and if you know anyone who might be able to offer us cheap office space, please let us know)!
We’ll continue to meet weekly in the Black Swan (or other pub as agreed) to keep the momentum going until we have a new space.