The MediaShed is the first "free-media" space to open in the east of England, Southend on Sea. It's a place where members can come hang out, learn, propose some training, create and propose new projects using free-media or show things they have made on one of our screening nights. The MediaShed is designed to be as open and accessible as possible, welcoming all.
The MediaShed was set up by members of Mongrel.
The MediaShed Initiative began with the "Grow Your Own Media Lab" workshop which took place one weekend in December, 2005. Mongrel brought together various local groups, the Southend Linux Users Group (SosLUG), Sundown (poetry and acoustic music group), members of the Leigh Film Society and ex residents of the YMCA as well as artists and participants of the “Being Here” project. Since then we have quietly built the MediaShed up from the diligent work of volunteers and by investing Mongrel's time and money to set it up. The Sheds technological resources have been built from donated and trash computers, monitors and other equipment. A small computer network has been built by SosLUG for local users with Free Open Source software. The shed is open and available for local people three days a week. An Internet radio station has been built and we have regular events with up to 60 people attending in the Shed itself. We have a MediaShed website with over 80 people subscribed.