On the 1st August, the first Winchester repair cafe opens its doors at the Winchester Discovery Centre. We aim to bring new life to broken stuff by repairing domestic items like clothes, jewellery, ceramics, small electrics, bikes and so much more.
Come along for repairs, tea, coffee, cakes and maybe learn something new
Repair Cafés meet the need to share and repair; bringing new life to broken stuff, repairing our relationship to things.
Typically a product lifecycle follows the trend of Use, Bin, Replace. The lifetime of products is becoming shorter. Having our broken domestic gadgets fixed is increasingly difficult, skilled repairers are not easy to find, it can be costly and inconvenient.
The repair café intercepts that trend. It will invite people to bring their broken domestic products: everything from textiles and domestic electronics to bikes and furniture.
By sharing in the repairing, it will aim to exchange the knowledge and offer access to the tools involved in fixing. It promotes a dynamic means of connecting neighbours from diverse backgrounds.
A Repair Cafe challenges a community to transform its Use, Bin, Replace pattern of behaviour into one of Use, Repair and Re-use.