The Tardis Project


The Tardis, small on the outside but big on the inside

In our summer project, which we are planning now, we will combine, the thinking, with the practical and the physical. The Tardis Project, will consist of the building of a Dr Who type Peace Box. In it will be installed a variety of activities that will range from performance, music, arts, as well as (Low voltage) electronic and computer projects that will make noise and light. The building and installation of the pod and what is in it will be arrived at through workshops at Kinning Park Complex and other places.

Once the solar powered Tardis is completed we will then time travel through the community and beyond and do workshops at different spaces, in the park, the town square, the market, shopping centre, school or wherever we land. When the summer project finishes the pod could be lent out to groups or community centres to use for education and fun purposes. It could also be used as a recording booth to let folk record their stories for the community archive. Whatever happens, all materials and information collected will be reused and put to good use.

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All you need to know
We picked the Tardis to build as an idea because…
When will it happen
How you can help or get involved
What is in it for you
links and possibilities of collaborations
Tardis Activities Page

All you need to know

The Tardis project is as much about what you bring as well as what you take away.

It is not just about building a box, but also about building imagination, sharing skills and working together.

The project is managed and run on goodwill, nobody gets paid. We may organise some funding. But the project will go ahead funding or

We picked the Tardis to build as an idea because…

• Everybody (mostly) knows what the Tardis is and it offers potential for all sorts of scope and interests.

• The Tardis is small on the outside big on the inside, like ourselves and the thoughts and ideas in our heads.

• When you walk through the door of the Tardis you discover a wider world than expected. We will encourage hands on activities, electronics, computers, but it is also about thinking, talking and exploring many other things.

• The problems in communities can be solved by the community themselves. But we can’t do it on our own. We need to find ways of working together in the common good. This project is one way.

• But mostly. The hero in Dr Who, unlike others, doesn’t walk around with a big gun but with a screwdriver trying to help fix things. top

When will it happen

Building the Tardis proper will begin in the summer around Mid June.

There will be preparation stages up until then.

The group will be working at the Kinning Park Complex each Sunday doing workshops and helping out at the repair cafe.

People are encouraged to visit and find out what is happening and what could be of interest to them.

If they have some skills to offer, teaching folk, helping out in some way.

If they want to learn and get involved. Or just have a cup of tea and chat about the project.

All activities will be linked to Tardis Activities Page.

The project will be widely advertised around our networks. Although most of it will be centred around Kinning Park Complex, there is no reason some of the work cannot be carried out in Castlemilk, Possil or elsewhere. This is a strong element of our work, that we connect to as wide geographical area and experiences as possible. As well as age groups and a wide variety of interests. This work will help us to connect to further work, people and ideas. We will engage workshop leaders from the local community when we can. Keeping the skills and experiences local is important to us. The project will be run as an education tool from the planning stages to the execution of the work. The important part of the project, for the group itself, is how well the community participants take ownership of the project through their involvement.  top

How you can help

The only thing you need to bring is enthusiasm and being able to muck in and learn things. No special skills are needed and there is nothing you want to do that can’t be incorporated into the mix in some way. We will be broadening into as many skills as possible. And as above we can use any skills that are made available to us.

What is in it for you

What you put in is what you get out. To learn new things and teach others about what you know. Work with a sense of purpose, test out some ideas you have had, or you may discover. top


We are looked at some funding avenues.  So far most of what we are doing the planning we do without funding and work from our own pockets and what people offer. So we do what we can when we can. If you are interested in fund raising let us know.

So lets hear from you. No amount of interest or effort is to small. top

Some projects we could work with  links and possibilities of collaboration

COOP We work on the principal of Community Ownership Of Assets These assets are open and free to anybody. We use them or lose them.

Open source

Open Source is a philosophy about community sharing and the opportunities to benefit from shared activity. There is Open Source, computing, engineering, architecture, buildings to mention a few. For instance we believe the process of government policy should be open and transparent like the Open Source community.

Common Good Fund

Possible opportunity of funding for local community. The Common Good Fund consists of a wealth of public owned properties assets and monies.

Local Area Committees

To access common good funds you need to apply to a LAC. Ask your local councillor about your areas Common Good Fund

The Internet

A mountain of knowledge but an equal mountain of dross and distraction. How to use and understand the internet will be on our list.

Some places of activity for local people below and on

Glasgow user map (needs updated good project for someone)

Kinning Park Complex

Repair Cafe – Plastic moulder – Energy food – place to talk and do things. Come to the Social Sunday to find out more.

Electron Club

The Electron Club is a voluntary run space where people interested in things like Free Open Source Software, DIY culture, circuit bending, hardware hacking, streaming, audio and video editing, green technologies, and amateur radio can meet, use equipment, and share and disseminate their skills and ideas. And also a meeting space for groups of all interests.


GalGael was founded by members of the community in the mid-90s. A community of creative people, who come together to co-operatively to meet some of our community needs. You can check out the scope if this amazing 20 year old project at their regular Thursday social evening.

Mitchell Library

Not as obvious as it seems. Glasgow has one of the biggest reference libraries in Europe. The Mitchell staff are keen to help you find what you are looking for.

Spirit of Revolt Archives of Dissent. 

The Archive collects, manages and preserves multi-media records from Glasgow’s and Clydeside’s anarchist and libertarian-socialist past and present. Housed at the Mitchell library. A most important resource of  literature posters and leaflets of working class struggle and endeavour.

Freewheel North

Organise safe and sociable group rides exploring Glasgow and its surroundings. Cyclists of all abilities are welcome to join our free rides. We campaign locally and nationally for universal access to cycling infrastructure, and for a more enlightened view of how people get around. Also a May Day Venue.

The White House (Maryhill branch)

A satellite of Free Wheel North, that made the canal accessible to everyone. Access is high on FWN agenda not only for bikes but in all aspects of life.

Glasgow Autonomous Space (GAS)

Is a warehouse space 5 minutes walk from West Street Subway. It hosts groups struggling against capitalism and other forms of oppression.

The Space

The Space provides activities for the mind, body and soul: a place for music, art, comedy, film, performance, education and discussions.

Open Green Space (Glasgow)

Our city The Dear Green Place, has more than 90 parks and gardens and an abundance of green space with common access freedoms – for our use.

Community Gardens

Are meeting spaces, greeting spaces and feeding spaces, for the birds the bees and people. There is probably one near you. Along with bike use community gardens have become a regular part of community life. Just think what else we could


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