I recently sent an e-mail to all the actual or potential UK Fab Lab groups I could find.  This is what it said:

Hi,

I am part of a group that is interested in getting as many Fab Labs going in the UK as possible. We are just starting out: you can read a little about us at http://www.FabLabsUK.co.uk and http://www.meetup.com/FabLabsUK/.

So far we have initial interest in Kent, Hampshire and Dorset. We are keen to see how those of us interested in Fab Labs can capitalize on co-operation; particularly in not re-inventing wheels when it comes to, for instance,

  • Designing operating procedures,
  • Building equipment using open-source designs
  • Capitalizing on each others experience in sourcing funding.

I am attempting to contact any groups in the UK who either are Fab Labs, or who have some intention of becoming Fab Labs.

Would you be interested in a joint meeting in the New Year, to see how we can cooperate in making a UK network of Fab Labs a reality?

So far I know about:

There is a http://www.fablabs.org.uk/ website, that seems to have been born in Sheffield; but also seems to have had no activity int he last two years, as far as I can see.

If you know of any others, I’d be grateful if you could let me know, and/or pass this on.

The reason for publishing this here is that there are many groups that seem shy of publishing contact information: I’m hoping that this may reach them!

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