The Space

About

You can join our forum where you can find out how to get involved and details about what it is we do and why.

Interested in becoming a member? See below.

Location

Our hackerspace is located at:

Unit 1B
Hebble End Works
Hebden Bridge
HX7 6HJ
Tel 01422 847053 (answering machine)

Hebble End Works is situated on the canal path, between the park and the Co-op, on the right-hand side as you walk away from the train station.

The space is located right at the back of Hebble End Works, overlooking the river. As you enter walk past the shop units, looking for a corridor on the right-hand side. Go down the corridor, through a set of double doors and the entrance to our space is after these, immediately on the left.

Background

Wikipedia describes a hackerspace as:

“a community-operated physical space where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialise and/or collaborate.”

Bridge Rectifier has its own permanent physical space but we also have members organising events in conjunction with partners such as Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Details of events can be found in our calendar (typically one event each month).

Did you say hacker?

Yes, but don’t worry, as there is a much older and far more benign meaning to the term than the one which has been popularised by sensationalist mainstream media.

It’s unfortunate that there are two, heavily conflicting, definitions for the same term. And in fact this is one reason why some people refer to hackerspaces instead as hacklabs, makerspaces or hackspaces.

Why are hackerspaces important?

For so many reasons! They enable shared access to tools and equipment which people may not otherwise be able to afford or have space to accommodate, and provide an environment in which they can share skills and ideas and collaborate.

Hackerspaces have provided assistance in times of national crisis, sent balloons equipped with cameras and sensors into space and given birth to some of the most fun creations you’ll ever see.

Some are even suggesting that hackerspaces function as startup incubators, boost innovation and may even herald a new industrial revolution.

Membership

If you have been to an open evening or other public event and have decided you would like to become a member please use the online form.

For all membership enquiries please contact membership@bridgerectifier.org.uk.

General enquiries

General enquiries should be directed to info@bridgerectifier.org.uk.