The STEAM Shed

We’re passionate about building a supportive, inclusive community of makers, artists, crafters, and inventors who want to share skills, support each other, and have fun through making.

The STEAM Shed is our community makerspace, stocked with materials and fitted with equipment such as laser cutter, 3D printer, kiln, and sublimation printer. 

You can become a member for £30 per month. The membership fee not only gives you access to our facilities, but supports our community projects and goes towards making Wigan a better place to live. 

Membership is £30 per month, for this you get:

  • Access to all equipment and materials free of any additional charge during our opening hours
  • Free induction to all equipment
  • Project storage space
  • Access to a closed Facebook group
  • Heavily discounted/free workshops
  • Free entry to weekly Maker Nights
  • First refusal for stalls at events such as STEAMFest (our yearly STEAM festival), and our bi-annual Maker Market.

From October we will also be holding Maker Nights every Wednesday – this will be a social evening for members and non-members to share projects, learn from each other, and meet like-minded people. 

Want to become a member?

If you are interested in joining as a member, pop in to pick up a membership pack or download it here. Have a read through our terms and conditions, and if you’re happy with everything, get in touch with us by either emailing us on hello@wigansteam.co.uk or just pop in and speak to a member of staff.

 

 

  • Equipment and Facilities includes:

    • Ultimaker 3D printer
    • Laser Cutter
    • Kiln
    • Potters wheel
    • Screen printing kit – screens, inks, exposure materials
    • Ricoh Sublimation Printer
    • Mug Press
    • Badge Maker
    • Sewing machine
    • Consumable items such as clay, electronics components, 3D printing filament, textiles, arts materials.
    • Shared working space and project storage

     

    Access to equipment and facilities is free for members between our opening hours. As a rule we do not offer pay as you go access to the space – exceptions are the 3D printer, laser cutter, and kiln, which we occasionally offer to community projects we’d like to support.

Is there parking nearby?

The closest car park is The Galleries – this is currently free on weekends, but pay and display on weekdays. Mona Street car park is a five minute walk away, this is pay and display but is slightly cheaper.

Are there any other charges?

Once you have paid your membership, use of materials, equipment and any necessary inductions are free, however if there are specific materials you need, you may have to source and pay for them yourself. There is also a surcharge to cover material costs on workshops priced over £10.

Do I have to be a member to use The Shed?

Yes. We do not offer pay as you go access as the membership model is a really important part of The Shed being sustainable in the long-run – you’re not just paying to use The Shed, you’re paying to make sure it continues to exist and be available to the community. The only exception is on Wednesday evenings when we hold Maker Night – non-members will be able to pay £4 to attend this in a social capacity, to share skills and projects with other artists and makers.

Can I have a discount on membership?

We’re afraid not. The Shed membership is great value and to keep it the same for everyone we have a flat rate. For people in financial hardship (e.g. in receipt of income support), a reduced rate may be available for a period, at the discretion of the directors.

Can I bring guests?

Members can bring along one guest (two when guests are both children) when using The Shed. Guests are not permitted to use equipment or materials, and if they visit frequently they must also become a member. You are responsible for ensuring your guests do not cause damage or harm whilst in The Shed, and they should not be left unaccompanied at any time.

Can I bring children to The Shed?

Yes – as a member you are permitted to bring along guests, and this includes children (maximum of two children per members). They must be accompanied at all times in The Shed.

Can I have a key?

No – due to health and safety there always needs to be at least two people in the building, so we do not currently offer keys to our members.

Can my company buy several memberships and share them? Or can I share a membership with a friend?

No – membership is for named individuals only.

Can I have my own desk in The Shed?

No – The Shed is a shared space, so whenever you leave you need to clear the space you were working in. You cannot reserve a space – it’s first come first served all the time.

Can I use The Shed facilities for my business?

Yes – you can use the facilities for business or pleasure purposes. You are welcome to use the space to meet colleagues or clients. Please do not use our address as the official address of your business.