Welcome to Makerversity
Our mission is to inspire and support makers and grow communities of maker businesses in city centres around the world.
We do two things
- Build and run awesome spaces for professional makers, which combine co-working space with clean and messy workshop space, machines and tools. Really what we’re doing isn’t about the space though, it’s about people. Through our spaces we bring together people with all kinds of creative and technical expertise. Our members work together, play together and inspire each other.
- Learning programmes for young people to inspire the next generation of creative and practical minds and increase the diversity within the creative industries. All Makerversity members have the opportunity to play an active part in these programmes and are encouraged to pass on their experiences and expertise to others.
What we mean by makers?
At Makerversity we’re focused on supporting professional ‘makers’ – that means anyone who is in the business of making for a living. You might be a designer, engineer, entrepreneur, technologist, inventor, craftsman, technician or artist. You might be freelance, a start up or design studio. If you’re in need of a physical space to create in with machines and tools, then Makerversity is the place for you.
Our sites and facilities
We have two sites at the heart of two great European cities:
London, deep in the basement of Somerset House, an iconic 300 year old cultural centre and former palace on the banks of the river Thames.
Amsterdam, which we‘ve just opened in another beautiful building on the Marineterrein, an old navy site in the heart of the city.
Both our spaces have capacity for around 250 members on site and host a regular events programme. They provide a range of co-working options alongside making workshops, machines and tools. For a full list of facilities available at each location check out our dedicated site pages.
Makerversity began when four designer makers, Andy, Joe, Paul and Tom, were given the opportunity of taking over 2000 sq m of disused and derelict space in the lower floors of somerset House. Frustrated by the lack of space for makers in central London and the lack of opportunities for young people to get excited about making, the idea for Makerversity was born. The team set about converting spaces, filling walls and ripping up floors with friends and family to bring the space into use. By early 2014 after 9 months of hard work and industrial quantities of paint, an unloved basement was transformed into a vibrant creative home for over 60 businesses and Makerversity was up and running.
Somerset House have been a key supporter of Makerversity since we began in 2013, initially by providing us with space at no cost for the first 12 months when we were setting up the business and now offering us a favourable rate which allows us to operate an affordable workspace for the most exciting emerging maker businesses in the heart of central London.
We are now the largest resident of Somerset House Studios, a major new cross-disciplinary workspace championing collaboration and experimentation in the centre of London. We work together with Somerset House across programming and support activities, exploring new ways of supporting changing creative practices.
At our Amsterdam site we work in close collaboration with Organisatie Marineterrein, the body tasked with the redevelopment of the Marineterrein by order of the Government of The Netherlands and the Municipality of Amsterdam. Within Building 27E we’re delighted to be surrounded by great company in Growth Tribe, a growth training business, and VR Base, a virtual reality community and incubator.