Museum of Technology

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Hosted by Group avatarAbbey People Repair Cafe

Volunteers at a Restart Party fixing devices, cropped on hands

Description

Abbey People and the Museum of Technology are partnering to bring you a Repair Café on Friday 5th July!

Our team of experienced volunteer repairers can take a look at your broken items including small household appliances, clothes and other textiles, electronic items, bikes, jewellery, and much more.

Repairs are FREE, and donations are welcome to support more Repair Cafe and climate action events in Abbey. Hot drinks, cakes and biscuits will also be available.

Book your item for repair here: https://forms.gle/NDjjTBrHg4KjygmQ8

We recommend booking your item in, as there will only be a few walk in slots on the day.

Getting to the museum – The museum’s entrance is on Riverside.

By bicycle: The Museum is on Riverside, part of National Cycle Route 11. It is an easy 10 minute cycle from the city centre.

By foot: The Museum is a pleasant and peaceful 25 minute walk along the River Cam from the city centre.

By public transport: The Museum is best served by bus # 3 (direction Fison Road or Whitehill Estate if you are travelling from Cambridge Station or the city centre), bus # 11 (direction Newmarket if you are travelling from the city centre), or bus # 12 (direction Ely if you are travelling from the city centre). The closest stop is ‘Cambridge, River Lane’. Bus # 2 also stops nearby, an 8-minute walk across the river (direction City Centre from Cambridge North Station). The closest stop is ‘Chesterton, Chesterton Road’. Please see the Stagecoach website for timetables and maps.

Parking: There is lots of street parking within a few minutes walk of the Museum. This includes free parking on Cheddars Lane and Stanley Road, and pay-and-display parking on Riverside. The Museum is also on the bus route from the park and ride Newmarket Road site.

This event is run in partnership with Cambridge Carbon Footprint and insured by Wessex Insurance.

Location

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Cheddars Ln, Cambridge CB5 8LD, UK

About the group

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Abbey People Repair Cafe

We are a vibrant community charity in the Abbey Ward of Cambridge, improving the lives and wellbeing of Abbey residents. We do this through targeted community projects, provision of general support such as a community Food Hub, supporting access to education and employment, projects to improve the environment, and by developing a culture of volunteering in the community.

We ran our first Repair Cafe in February 2023 at the East Barnwell Community Centre, and hope to run more regular Repair Cafes every few months.

Our group is part of the Cambridgeshire Repair Cafe Network, facilitated by Cambridge Carbon Footprint.

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Restart Party Do’s and Don’ts

DO

  • Check if your device is still within warranty, you may be eligible for a free repair, replacement or a refund. (Which? helps in the UK).
  • Take responsibility for your device and your data. Our volunteers are here to help you learn to fix your gadget, not to provide a free repair service. Get involved!
  • Backup your data. We can’t be responsible for your cat pics, so please back up your device before you come. (Of course you already do this once a month, right?)
  • Charge up your device and bring all leads.
  • Get in touch with organisers if you have any questions about whether a fix is possible.

DON’T

  • Assume repairs will be successful. We help fix over half of devices at our events. Even if your repair is unsuccessful, you will learn about your device and why it failed.
  • Expect us to have spare parts. But we can help you source them. Often people visit twice: first we’ll help diagnose the fault, then you source the spare part, and on your return we’ll help you do a replacement.
  • Attempt a mobile screen repair just to save money. DIY mobile screen repair is a learning opportunity first and foremost. Please see our advice page first.
  • Bring a microwave.