Manchester Digital Laboratory is a not-for-profit grassroots digital innovation organisation based in Manchester, UK.

Redfern, Dantzic Street
NOMA, Manchester
M60 0AE
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+44 (0) 789 427 8487

Upcoming Events

Now and next at MadLab

Wednesday 14 November

Manchester Go

A friendly meetup for people of all abilities, from Go newbies to advanced users.

Manchester Speculative Fiction

A group for writers interested in science fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, horror or fantasy.
Thursday 15 November

North West Ruby User Group

A group of people in the North West of England, with an interest in all things Ruby or Rails.

Intermediate WordPress

A two-day course with WordPress co-founder Mike Little

Take your WordPress site to the next level
Monday 19 November

Short Story Writing Group

A writing group that meets regularly to share and critique in a supportive environment.

Manchester Lambda Lounge

A monthly language-agnostic meetup to talk about and popularise new ways of thinking about computation.
Tuesday 20 November

Effective Altruism

Whether you've only just heard of Effective Altruism, or a die-hard Effective Altruist, this group is a friendly meetup always welcoming new members.

Manchester SciFi Book Club

Manchester SciFi Book Club meet on the third Tuesday of every month to discuss a science fiction book previously chosen by the group. Discussions are informal and you don't need to have read any SciFi before to come along.

Manchester Free Software

The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.
Wednesday 21 November

Manchester Linux User Group

ManLUG is a group of GNU/Linux users from in and around Manchester who meet up regularly to discuss Linux and the GNU operating system.
Monday 26 November

Manchester Amnesty Group

Amnesty International works to protect men, women and children wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. The Manchester Amnesty Group is a group of local volunteers who take part in Amnesty International campaigns, case work and fundraising.

Scala Manchester

Scala is an "object-functional" programming language for general software applications. All skill-levels of Scala developer welcome!
Tuesday 27 November

Manchester Speculative Fiction

A group for writers interested in science fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, horror or fantasy.
Wednesday 28 November

Etsy Manchester

Bringing the folk of Manchester together to support each other, share crafting secrets, tell each other about craft fairs and meet up for the occasional cuppa tea!

Café Scientifique

A place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.

Latest News

Updates, opinions & ephemera from the MadLab hivemind

Farewell Plant!

Posted by Asa Calow, 1 day ago

Later this month our hosts at Plant are relocating to a new site. We are using this as an opportunity to take a break from running a community space in Manchester, instead channeling our efforts towards other projects in the region and internationally.

Author Anne Charnock at Manchester SciFi Book Club

Posted by Daniel Wells, 20 days ago

Manchester SciFi Book Club is proud to annouce that Arthur C Clarke Award winning author Anne Charnock will be joining us on 20th November to discuss her novel Dreams Before the Start of Time!

Summer at MadLab!

Posted by Team MadLab, 3 months ago

It’s been a busy summer at MadLab! We’ve held *tonnes* of workshops over the summer holidays including Virtual Reality, Computer Game Design, 3D Papercraft, Stop Motion Lego and many more. Here is a run down of our most recent events…


New MadFabLab courses have landed!

Posted by Team MadLab, 4 months ago

We are excited to announce that Chris Ball, our creative technologist whizz, will be running two NEW half-day workshops this coming autumn.

Making It Digital – Afternoon Sessions in July!

Posted by Team MadLab, 5 months ago

We are pleased to announce that we will be running two daytime workshops, as a follow-up to our Making It Digital programme. We are offering FREE spaces to the workshops run by Gemma May Latham, our brilliant MadLab maker, for unemployed and underemployed women based in Manchester (not Greater Manchester). If you’d like more information […]

3 Month Internship position at MadLab

Posted by Team MadLab, 5 months ago

Are you 24 or under and long-term unemployed (minimum of three months), and not currently in education or training? Do you use MadLab, and live in Manchester? Are you available to start immediately? If so, an exceptional opportunity has arisen to join the team.

MadLab has moved!

Posted by Team MadLab, 6 months ago

MadLab has moved home! Our new permanent address is PLANT NOMA, Redfern, Dantzic Street, Manchester, M60 0AE – we don’t have a phone yet so you’re best sending us an email to,,, or

Our Upcoming Dune Discussion and More

Posted by Daniel Wells, 6 months ago

Hi Everybody! As you all know we meet on the third Tuesday of every month (except December). However, due to my inability to read a calendar, our May meeting will be on the fourth Tuesday this month: the 22nd. We will be discussing Dune by Frank Herbert. If you haven’t finished (or started) reading it […]