St Botolph's Library~Hack~Maker Space

St Botolph's Library~Hack~Maker Space

Posted by Annemarie Naylor  |  22nd Nov 2013
We are delighted that The Carnegie Trust is sponsoring an exciting project, led by The Creative Coop and Colchester School of Art, which involves establishing a library/hack/maker space in St Botolph's, Colchester.
St Botolph's Library~Hack~Maker Space

The project started life as a regeneration initiative located at the heart of Colchester’s ‘cultural quarter’ in St Botolph's. It is underpinned by a meanwhile lease attached to the Old (bus station) Waiting Room and is being spear-headed by 100+ creative industries proponents who are eager for community-led change in their locale.

The project will draw upon activities underway right around the world at present to co-locate public libraries with hacker and maker spaces – see, for example, 4th Floor Chatt in the USA - to contribute to the design of a contemporary community publishing platform there over the coming months working in partnership with Essex Libraries.

The Creative Coop are already talking to other library authorities in England about how to support replication initiatives in association with Common Futures.

Background information about the project is now available in the form of a short introductory report: On the Origins of St Botolph's Library~Hack~Maker Space and further details are available via the project website:

Interested parties are encouraged to follow @stbotolphs_ for regular updates.