The Dorset Constructorium

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The Dorset Constructorium
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Country United Kingdom

State or District


City Poole

Date of founding


Last Updated 2016-07-04






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11 Cranborne Crescent, Rossmore, Poole, Dorset
BH? ??? Poole
United Kingdom

Number of members

42? Depends what counts as membership.
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Membership fee


Size of rooms

Depends which rooms count as proper hackerspace rooms.

Location 50° 44' 25", -1° 55' 27"

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The Dorset Constructorium has closed.[edit]

Thanks for the memories![edit]

Archived content below:

Sign Up![edit]

We have a Google Group here:!forum/dorsetconstructorium

A website here:

and IRC at #dorsetconstructorium

If you're in or want to come to the south-east Dorset area and interested in getting together to build things, hack things and constructively destroy things, please sign up to the group and join in the discussion! Once we have a few more members, we'll be using the Google Group to organise some real-world meetups. We also are considering expansion via libraries and schools to the rest of Dorset in a couple of years, we already have members as far West as Corfe Mullen, Blandford and Winfrith and have spoken with groups that meet in Dorchester.


Things we've already done[edit]

Google Group - Link on UK Hackspace Foundation - Post on /r/bikeshed - Post on /r/Bournemouth - Our main website and wiki

Active Recruiting[edit]

We have members actively discussing and taking part in our events and projects.

  • We have a local community run 'hack shack' - a shed, basically, in a member's back garden. This is our headquarters and has proved a focal point of word-of-mouth recruitment.
  • We have teamed up with Poole Libraries to work together to make a hackerspace facility available to the wider community in a distributed manner throughout their libraries, starting at Central Library followed shortly by Hamworthy.
  • We are contacting local newspapers and magazines to spread the word further shortly.
  • We regularly use social media to promote our events via Diaspora*, Twitter, Google+ and Facebook
  • We team up with like-minded groups in the area, such as Transition Bournemouth, Transition Poole, Make Bournemouth, Barcamp Bournemouth, the Dorset Linux User Group and HackBMTH to hold more cross-promoted events and help each other.

Pub Meets[edit]

We meet mostly at the Tap House in Wimborne. We have also met at the Goat and Tricycle in West Cliff, Bournemouth and can do so again. We are open to meets at other pubs too, if a few of us agree to make it a meeting.

Temporary Hiring[edit]

The SoutHACKton guys have hired places such as Scout huts, cafes and office spaces for evening / one-day events using their members with the appropriate contacts, usually quite cheaply. e.g. one hacker was also a Scoutmaster, and they used the Scout hut for a day-long hackathon in exchange for donations. More recently, Make Bournemouth have agreed to hire Poole Central Library out of hours for their events and we have made an arrangement with Hamworthy Library to make their recording studio available for the creation of a netlabel.

Finding a Place[edit]

We have a couple of places now, as the above paragraphs suggest, but we are always open to offers, in particularly of warehouse or workshop spaces where big tools can be used properly. is a spreadsheet of the possible places so far offered to us (somewhat dated now, but it gives an idea what we have considered).

EDIT: Please note we need a CONSTITUTION to satisfy prospective investors before we can get a place to use more permanently. See


Hackers are probably quite averse to this, in general! :) However, once we start thinking about renting property, collecting fees and buying equipment, we are going to have to start designating people as having responsibility - someone named on the rental agreement, someone to act as treasurer, and the capability to vote for and remove these people.

These will be the trustees most like, in a similar setup to SoMakeIt.

Equipment of our Own[edit]

We have plenty of equipment, tools, materials and project ideas. Whilst donations are lovely and welcome (there's always something we don't yet have or that is worn out and needs replacing or repairing), what we need the most right now is people and a place to move to.

Yes, we have a lathe and a pillar drill, the drill is almost in working condition. We also have a working bench grinder, air compressor, chop/table combo saw, hammer drills, saws, files, rasps, surforms, screws, nails, bolts, nuts, washers, bikes and parts thereof, cheap dremel like tool, soldering irons and stations, multimeters and a metric sixth of a tonne of Scalextric, computers, Lego, routers, spanners, sewing machine, TV to repair, tape deck to repair, more wires, plugs and connectors than sense, electronic components, safety mats, Sega Dreamcast (in need of repair), inner tubes, metal tubes, a heater with a broken bar (but the other two still work) and plenty more stuff I can't think of right now.

Things we can do once we have a place to do them in[edit]

Here are listed some of the ideas for useful projects for the hackerspace to get stuck into. Please add your own as you think of them. The order they appear on this page is not necessarily the order they will be done in, that will be decided in a democratic way where we vote for the projects we think are needed the most. Some larger ideas may require a certain level of funds before they can be activated.

  • Hackspace-owned Raspberry Pis for general software / electronics hackery (technical, computer geekery) - these are now at Poole Library
  • Neurosky Mindwave and similar brain-computer interface headgear (technical, computer geekery, neuroscience) - This is available for demo, ask Danfox
  • CNC machine (possibly adaptable to a 3D printer) made of printer parts. (technical, computer geekery, eco-friendly)
  • Google Glass style steampunk/welding AR goggles. To be connected to a smartphone running Ubuntu Mobile when available. (technical, computer geekery)
  • 3D printer (if CNC machine not adaptable or if required separately) (technical, computer geekery) - This is currently at Poole Library as an incomplete kit yet to be built. May need to be returned to the Hack Shack for actual construction.
  • Bike trailer made of old bikes, roof bolts and ladders (RL example available of how these are done - please note it's not perfect) (technical, crafty & creative) - The example is now dismantled due to safety problems, but lessons learnt from it can be used to ensure subsequnt builds are better.
  • Making a model railway controller (electronics) - plans are in a folder at the Hack Shack
  • Computer assembly workshops (technical, computer geekery) - ask Pheonixash
  • Dremel Centrifuge (may need 3D printed parts) (crafty & creative, technical, hardware for wetware) - at the Hack Shack, awaiting 3D printer
  • Making a metal detector (RL example available. Spare circuit boards from this still available somewhere) (crafty and creative, electronics, archaeology, numismatics) - Likely to be done as a Library event after some preparation has taken place at the Hack Shack.
  • Wooden pinball machine with rubber bands and nails (lo-tech, off-grid) (subsequently, electronics project) (RL example MAY POSSIBLY be found in Cleckheaton or Bridlington or may only be in photographic form) (crafty and creative).
  • Pressure activated LED Chess table (Original half-finished build lost, new one to be commenced) (crafty and creative, electronics).
  • Hack the heck out of an Asus Eee 701 (requires new SSD and battery) (technical, computer geekery) - at the Hack Shack, increasingly becoming moot due to Moore's Law and RPis.
  • rust proofing a mahoosive quantity of Scalextric so it can be used long-term without rusting. (side project, painting). - Electroplating that does not damage PVC or rubber should be considered.
  • Book scanner (technical, computer geekery) - for Poole Central Library
  • Continuous Ink System workshops to get the most out of your inkjet like we do. (technical, computer geekery, eco-friendly) - NB: messy
  • Bike repair workshops (technical, eco-friendly) - at the Hack Shack
  • Set up a web server running a fully featured website, hackerspace organising system, RFID tool library etc. (technical, computer geekery) - kind of in progress, ask Ian Renton
  • Set up an OpenSIM for virtual meets and collaborative software development purposes (computer geekery, software, crafty and creative) - currently been decanted off to Vulpine Designs Unlimited (over SSH), may later be brought back to the Constructorium's direct involvement. It's why there are servers at the Hack Shack.
  • Possibly looking into DIYBio in the longer term alongside the above. (technical, wetware)

There will also be a steady flow of graphic design and PR requirements to keep the place active, organising of members and what they're doing. There are web and software coding opportunities too for those with some experience - a great way to enrich your CV and portfolio with some feelgood community work.

World Domination[edit]

TBD. We're starting with the libraries, pubs and garden sheds, we'll see how it goes from there. ;-)


Interested? Add your blurb here! Add titles within the group in brackets, these titles are gained by democratic vote or by unanimously agreed in-joke.

Trustee positions[edit]

We have a set of vacant positions for members to become trustees of the hackerspace. Please use the Google Group or IRC to get in touch and become a member, those who have been members for a while can become keyholders and even trustees at the agreement of a suitable proportion of the others.

Danfox Davies (Founder)[edit]

Our founder has stepped down from his position as leader/trustee and no longer lives in the area. The above notice reflects this.

Ian Renton (Secretary)[edit]

Ian here (of Raspberry Tank fame). I am a software engineer and part-time robot tinkerer. I'd love to join / help found a hackerspace in or around Bournemouth. I can offer some simple electronics tools, programming and electronics experience, and a rampant enthusiasm for getting people into robotics!

Most likely to: utilise minesweeping drones to escape to a small island far from all this madness.

Tarik Reghif (ex-Treasurer)[edit]

Our treasurer has stepped down from his position. This position is vacant and may finish up being filled by someone from Make Bournemouth on account of experience.

Tarik may want to add a profile here anyway.

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