Events Listings

Anthropomorphic Rat Taxidermy

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
Rat Taxidermy

Rat Taxidermy

Title: Anthropomorphic Rat Taxidermy

Location: MadLab

Description: Using miniature accessories, students will be encouraged to anthropomorphise their rat. Standing, sitting or sleeping, holding a small pipe or book, adorned with a top hat or a tricorn, you will be assisted to transform your rat into a fun parody of human life.

Date: 05-07-2015
From 09:00 to 14:00

Book a place.

The term taxidermy comes from Latin meaning ‘moving skin’. In this 6-hour workshop, students will learn the basics of preservation including how to skin and stuff a rat, and wire up its limbs.

Whether you’re a veteran of our Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy courses or a novice who fancies learning on something bigger than a mouse, Margot will take you step-by-step through the process to create an anthropomorphic (or naturalist) masterpiece.

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics to animals, nature or inanimate objects. Using miniature accessories, students will be encouraged to anthropomorphise their rats (though it’s by no means essential). Standing, sitting or sleeping, holding a small pipe or book, adorned with a top hat or a tricorn, you will be assisted to transform your rat into a fun parody of human life.

About the Course Leader

Margot Magpie is a member of the UK Guild of Taxidermists. Based in London, she teaches both anthropomorphic and standard taxidermy (of a wide variety of small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and hamsters) across the UK. Her work has appeared on tour with musicians Lana Del Rey and Amanda Palmer, and on display in the Science Museum. Margot is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and frequently comments on taxidermy in the media (she has recently appeared on ITV’s This Morning, and on CBC’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi). She blogs about her thoughts and experiences at


The course costs £65. This is a beginners course so you don’t need to bring anything with you, all chemicals and equipment are provided.

Should you wish to do more taxidermy, we will have starter kits including all the equipment (with the exception of rodents) you need available for purchase on the day.

At the end of the course you will leave with your very own anthropomorphic taxidermy rat. Refreshments are provided.


You can book a place via Eventbrite:

Alternatively, you can email us at and we’ll send you an invoice.

Cancellation Policy

MadLab totally understands that stuff can crop up that’s completely beyond your control.

That’s why, if you cancel up to two weeks before one of our courses, we will give you a full refund (minus Eventbrite charges).

Under a fortnight, we will do out best to resell the ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we are only able to offer 50% off the course price.

Manchester Lambda Lounge – POSTPONED

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
Lambda Lounge

Lambda Lounge

Title: Manchester Lambda Lounge

Sadly this month’s Lambda Lounge has been cancelled. We hope to meet as normal next month.

If you’re interested in talking at next months Lambda Lounge, or any future one please contact us through our website:

Description: A group dedicated to popularising Functional Programming, and exploring new concepts in programming languages.

Date: 20-04-2015
From 19:00 to 21:00

Android Manchester – POSTPONED

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
Android Manchester

Android Manchester

Title: Android Manchester

Unfortunatly this month’s Android Manchester event has been cancelled. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Location: MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, M4 1HN

Description: A monthly social get together for Android devotees, and interestees to learn, share knowledge & expertise and the opportunity to ask fellow Droids questions.

Date: 20-04-2015
From 19:30 to 20:30

Manchester Free Software

Saturday, February 28th, 2015


Title: Manchester Free Software

Location: MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, M4 1HN

Description: The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.

Date: 21-04-2015
From 19:00 to 21:00

Manchester SciFi Book Club – Time’s Eye

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
Sci-Fi Book Club

Sci-Fi Book Club

Title: Manchester SciFi Book Club

Description: Book Club for Science Fiction Fans

Date: 21-04-2015
From 19:00 to 21:00

Time’s Eye by Arthur C Clarke & Stephen Baxter (384 pages)

1885, the North West Frontier. Rudyard Kipling is witness to a bizarre encounter between the British army and what appears to be an impossibly advanced piece of Russian technology. And then to a terrifying intervention by a helicopter from 2037. Before the full impact of this extraordinary event has even begun to sink in, Kipling, his friends and the helicopter crew stumble across Alexander the Great’s army. Mankind’s time odyssey has begun. It is a journey that will see Alexander avoid his premature death and carve out an Empire that expands from Carthage to China, beating the time-slipped army of Ghenghis Khan in a battle outside the ruins of Babylon in the process. And it will present mankind with two devastating truths. Aliens are amongst us and have been manipulating our past and our future. And that future extends only as far as 2037, for that is the date Earth will be destroyed.

Our next books

  • 19th May – The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick (272 pages)
  • 16th Jun – We Who Are About To… by Joanna Russ (152 pages)
  • 21st Jul – MaddAddam by Marget Attwood (496 pages)
  • 18th Aug – Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (432 pages)
  • 15th Sep – Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter (400 pages)

Manchester Sci-Fi Book Club Contacts:

You can contact us via twitter @mcrsf_madlab or by using #mcrsf

Keep up to date with Manchester Sci-Fi book club posts at Madlab

We also have a group on Google which we would encourage you to join.

Manchester SciFi Book Club on Google+