South London Makerspace is a social community workshop in the heart of Herne Hill. It’s owned, run and maintained by the members; there are no paid staff so everything is done on a volunteer basis.
We’re not just a workshop; we’re also a community.
Makerspace was incorporated Thursday, 26th September 2013, although the origins of the project stretch back much further.
Membership is open to anyone aged 18 or over. If you’re under 18, you can only visit the space with an adult member to take responsibility for you. The current membership fee is £20, but we are happy to offer a discount if you are unemployed or on a low income. To find out more about membership, click here.
We have three main workspaces, each geared towards a certain sort of making:
This space is for any activities that don’t make a lot of noise, smell or dust. Things like electronics, sewing or coding. There’s a big table to sit round, a dedicated electronics workstation, our 3D printer, and a collection of sewing machines near the large front window (our main source of natural light). This room also contains our social area, kitchen and accessible toilet.
This space is for any activities that make smells or messes or noises. This is where our laser cutter lives, and it’s where you can do general purpose assembly. Our metal working tools live here (mill, drill press, lathe, bandsaw) and so does our screen printing equipment (vacuum table, screens, washroom).
This space is a dedicated to wood work and is built to contain the sound and dust from our heavy-duty machine tools. We’ve got a very solid table saw, band saw and cross-cut mitre saw to cut things up. We’ve got a planer/thicknesser, mortiser, spindle moulder and router table to shape things. We’ve got a lathe for turning. We’ve got sanders, drills, drivers and other power tools. And we’ve got plenty of decent hand tools for delicate work.
The best way of reaching us is via Discourse, where members can discuss the space, their projects and any other related topics. It’s the best way to introduce yourself and find out about the latest activity in the space.
If you have a more official enquiry, you can email the directors, however most enquires are best directed to our Discourse, otherwise you can email us at:
You don’t have to introduce yourself online. We hold open evenings most Wednesdays from 19:30, at which all members of the public are welcome.
South London Makerspace is a non-profit company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with company number 08706591. We are not a charity, we are a members’ association or club. There are three directors, whose responsibilities cover the legal and financial operation of the company.
The structure and aims of the company are set out in our Articles of Association. This is a dense legal document that is not very easy to read, but the important points are:
- The stated aim of the company is “to promote and encourage creative, technical and scientific skills through social collaboration and education; and to provide and maintain shared community workspace and equipment in Greater London.”
- All funds must be used to further those aims.
- No member (including the directors) may take profit or remuneration from the company.
- All members are liable for just £1 to be paid in the event that the company must be wound up in debt, up to 1 year after their membership ends.
South London Makerspace
41 Norwood Road
Administrative (registered) address:
6 Vibart Gardens