The Museum of Computing is looking to start a 'Hackspace' at its home in Swindon.

A Hackspace (or Hackerspace) is a place where like-minded people with an interest in technology can get together, collaborate, share ideas and resources and make things. Activities at Hackspaces include electronics, computers, robotics, programming, software and electronic art.

Museum curator Simon Webb said 'we already have some great educational activities including school visits, our Saturday morning childrens computer club and the BBC First Click courses for over 55's.  A Hackspace would be a great addition to these and strengthen our vision of a museum that is not just a collection of objects, but a place where people can explore, learn, collaborate and have fun. As somebody with a passion for technology, I really look forward to seeing what people can build together'

Jamie Osborne, a volunteer at the museum who is co-ordinating the project said 'I am sure that there are lots of people in Swindon and the surrounding area who would love to be able to get together with like-minded people.  We would hope to run this on a regular basis, but at the moment we are seeing how much interest there is and what people are looking for'

Anyone interested should email


Some more info on UK Hackspaces is here

The Museum of Computing was the first dedicated computer museum in the UK, opening in 2003. It is a non-for-profit Company limited by guarantee and is run entirely by volunteers. The museum has a collection of over 3000 objects related to the history of computing and holds regular exhibitions and events.

The museum is in Swindon town centre at 6-7 Theatre Square, Swindon SN1 1QN, close to the new Central Library.

Opening times are: Fridays from 10am to 4pm and Saturdays from 9.30am to 5 pm. There is a classroom for talks, childrens computer club, adult computer classes, gaming events and school visits.

Admission fees are: £5.00 for a family ticket, £2 for adults, £1.50 for Students and Concessions, children age 6-15 yrs cost £1, under 5's go free. All children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. We welcome school parties and private groups by appointment.


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