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This is a See The Space guide for members to give to potential Makespace members.


  • Set up with space donated by the University, funding from the government via Ideaspace, and created by the three dedicated idea people: Jonny, Simon and Laura.
  • It's a community - mutual help
  • Costs £40 per month (3 month minimum, 1 month's notice after that I think?)
    • This pays only for the space (and 24/7 access with a keyfob) and the equipment.
    • Training courses are run by volunteers, materials you use (eg acrylic) you pay for (or bring your own).
  • Concept of the owners for equipment
  • Part of the community spirit of the place

Ask their interests - what they want out of the space

Any questions before doing the tour?


  • Storage boxes for people (buy or supply your own box)
  • Classroom
  • Trove
  • Main space
    • Health and safety overview (it's not an induction - just be clear what we expect)
    • Honesty boxes
    • Community - tidying, helping each other, training
    • Go through all major equipment
    • Say what we're actively working to improve (but please don't make promises we can't definitely keep)
    • Explain green/yellow/red kit, that they need to get inductions on red kit
    • Enthuse about anything you love
    • If you don't know much about something explain as such, and offer to put them in touch with the owner
  • Secure workshop
    • Make sure it's safe to enter! (Ask anyone working in there to pause for a few minutes)
  • Thank our sponsors outside the kitchen, congratulate yourself if you're on it
  • Kitchen (please keep it tidy, honesty box)
  • Chillout area
  • Loos (give them the keyfob if anyone needs to go)

Mention that we have this space until the end of 2015, and after that we hope to find somewhere else close to Cambridge centre.

Reconvene in the main space, ask if any more questions.

The can sign up at

  • They get a fob and a workspace induction, and then they can use the space whenever they wish.
  • Inductions on kit - please do ask for induction courses to be run!
  • Also:, wiki, googlegroups, forum.

Tell them they're welcome to hang around after the tour and ask questions?