The Basement

We are passionate about supporting the next generation of scientists, inventors and innovators and understand the importance of providing space in which to ‘play’ – whether that play is discussing an idea, designing a product, prototyping or product testing. Our founders, Sir Martin and Lady (Audrey) Wood, began their first business (Oxford Instruments – the University of Oxford’s first spin-out) not in a high-tech lab space but in the big green shed in their back garden. The shed gave them the space to experiment with ideas; to try things out; to be creative and scientific without the restrictions and formality of an academic environment.

THE BASEMENT is our version of that shed – it is Oxford’s new creative space; a destination for everyone from our youngest inventors and science club members through to new entrepreneurs, tech groups and makers.

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What’s In The Basement?

THE BASEMENT is home to Science Oxford’s Discovery Zone, The Oxford Trust’s ‘Meet-Up’ space and Oxford Hackspace Ltd.

The Science Oxford Discovery Zone is a dedicated space for the popular weekend science clubs that are run by Science Oxford, the public-facing part of The Oxford Trust. Science Oxford also uses the space for teacher CPD sessions.

Oxford Hackspace – Oxford has a diverse, creative and talented maker community and Oxford Hackspace provides an independent space that meets their needs, as well as those starting out on their entrepreneurial journey. Professional technicians are available to help with prototyping requests from individuals and businesses ranging from 3D models to PCB design and manufacture. The space is open seven days a week and is equipped with high-tech laser cutters, 3D printers, a CNC mill, numerous tools for electronic component creation plus sewing machines and much more.

A free venue for technology related ‘Meet Up’ groups in the city. Holding up to 50 people the space contains free WiFi, AV and limited catering facilities. For other organisations the space is available to hire at a nominal rate.

Where Is The Basement?

THE BASEMENT is located at the Oxford Centre for Innovation (OCFI) on New Road –next to Oxford Castle and opposite Nuffield College. The OCFI is just a ten-minute walk from Oxford train station and there are numerous bus stops along New Road, servicing most parts of the city and local towns.

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