Institute of Making

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The Institute of Making is a cross-disciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to diamonds, socks to cities. Learn more

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13-7-15

Festival of Stuff 2015

Festival of Stuff 2015

Our Festival of Stuff may be over for this year but we have been reliving it through an epic amount of photos that were taken. Can you spot yourself in any of them? More

22-6-15

Glass and bees

Glass and bees

This week, glassblower and beekeeper John Cowley came over to advise on our lampworking masterclass setup. More

19-5-15

Festival of Stuff

Festival of Stuff
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The Festival of Stuff runs from 23rd June to the 27th June, consisting of four days of bookable masterclasses and culminating in an extravaganza of materials and making on Saturday 27th June. More

Materials Library

Periodic Table of 92 elements

Periodic Table of 92 elements

This commercially available collection of all 92 naturally-occurring elements gives you a chance to see and safely handle some extraordinary materials, with appearances from: Scandium, an element more common on the Sun than Earth; the highly toxic Arsenic, which was once used in Greek physicians' cures and Elizabethan cosmetics; extremely rare...

Balsa Wood Cores

Balsa Wood Cores

You may recognise this white-grey, velvety wood from the model-making shops of your childhood. Because it is so light and easily cut with a craft knife, it is perfect for making model aircraft or for whittling. Because this wood has a lower density than cork it is put to use...

Magnesium

Magnesium

Given our everyday interactions with metals like steel, which is used in everything from cars, planes and boats, through to skyscrapers, bridges and other engineering projects of a gargantuan scale, it’s easy to understand why metals are perceived to be heavy materials. But magnesium is lighter than many woods...

Recycled Copper Chips

Recycled Copper Chips

These small orange-brown coloured chips are made out of recycled copper. Some everyday items copper can be sourced from include computer chips, electric wiring, gas pipes, roofs from old buildings and automobile radiators. Copper is regarded as a strategic material for developed countries because of its importance in the electrical...

Twitter

Terrible photos by me but wonderful photos by them. Bennett + Hockney + Bennett + Hockney pic.twitter.com/OwZdHDDYHh

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Zoe Laughlin
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What role does ‘stuff’ play in the act of remembering? Interesting symposium @ExploreWellcome with our @zoelaughlin - wellcomecollection.org/stuffofmemory?…

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Mark Miodownik
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