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Membership Application Process

If you are reading this as a prospective member, please skip to the second section.


Guests are permitted limited access to the space during open events (e.g. Tuesday Open Nights or Themed Thursdays) or when accompanied by a member of the space. However they are not permitted use of the space tools or consumables outside of the guest allowance. Guests wishing to become members are asked to follow the procedure below. An email (contents also below) should be sent to the new member for return to the public discussion list.

  1. New members are asked to populate a simple email template (see below) and send it to the public discussion list. Visitors wishing to join are asked to pay 1 months membership fee at their next space visit. A director must be present to accept this, with a receipt given. Their payment and email constitute 'the new membership submission'
  2. Members are encouraged to email commentary to board members regarding any new member, although sponsorship is not required for a successful application.
  3. Board members are tasked to observe any objections over a 5 day consultation period from receipt of the new membership submission. The initial member fee and any application objections are registered with a tasked board member. The tasked board member is either tasked overall, rota'ed or selected ad-hoc at the point the first payment is received. If no objections are recorded from the board, membership is deemed approved. If there is a negative outcome, fees paid are returned in full by the tasked director.
  4. The member is notified of any negative outcome within 7 days of the application date via email by the tasked board member. Assuming no negative outcome, the new member is invited to visit the member account registration page at
  5. Finally to complete your registration visit the member login area from the main site (or, login and click the application button.

Membership Email Format

You should sign up to the




mailing lists as detailed in below

Once you are subscribed to these lists, please fill in your own responses to the following points, and email them to the 57north-discuss list. If this is proving to be a challenge, just come in and ask on an open night or on irc.

Use the email subject header: Member Application Intro:

 1. **Your Name (nick):** 

 e.g. Arthur Dent (earthman)

 2. **Your Background**

 e.g. I formally lived in the West Country before moving here due to an unplanned uprooting. I am an out-of-work actor partial to hot tea and dressing gowns. 

 3. **Your Hacklab-related Interests**

 e.g. I have an interest in travel and ebook reading. I enjoy hacking bathtowels in new and interesting ways. 

 4. **What knowledge can you bring hacklab community?**

 e.g. I can understand all languages known to creation and have experience with very low-budget orbital hardware. 

 5. **What do you wish to learn from the hacklab community?**

 e.g. I wish to gain more hands-on independent knowledge about electronics and product design in general, so that if the world ends I can at least fix my digital watch.

 6. **Link to photo (not essential but useful)**


Please do not attach your photo to the email. If you're not able to link to the photo hosted on a web server, leave it out. Attachments are duplicated along with the message and sent to all current subscribers to the hackerspace mailing list, and photos can be large files, which can annoy our members and upset our mailing list server.

How to receive announcement emails and take part in group email discussions

The following is a quick guide on joining our two main mail-lists:

Our list is mainly used for open announcements by organisers and 'holds on' to emails from people until a list moderator approves it to go out.

Our list allows subscribed people to email out to all automatically once they are subscribed . “Reply” buttons clicked when reading announcement emails *should* automatically use to send their reply but some email apps don't do this properly, sadly.

To receive announcement emails (if you don't already), you need to join/subscribe to the so-called 'announce mailing-list'. To join, either:

  • just send a blank email to and follow the instructions in the automatic return email. Do check your junk folder as the reply email can get labelled as spam until you OK it (e.g. google do this)
  • Fill in the form on the list webpage

To send emails to the group, or to respond back to the group (if your cannot do this already), you need to join/subscribe to the so-called 'discuss mailing-list'. To join, either:

  • Send a blank email to and follow the instructions again, checking your junk folder
  • Fill in the form on the list webpage

Membership terms

Please read the 57north Articles of association for full membership terms. This can be found at on github

admin/membership_application_process.txt · Last modified: 2020/07/07 20:48 (external edit)