Courtney Cornelius: My favourite memories from STEAMhouse.
1. Seeing the site for the first time
It’s been an amazing and rare opportunity to have been able to be part of something like this from so early on. I can remember how excited we all were to go down to site for the first time before the refurbishment started on the Digbeth site. To be able to be a part of transforming the empty rooms into functioning workshops and then seeing them filled with makers and machinery on our opening day was a brilliant experience.
2. THE awards
I was fortunate enough to attend THE (Times Higher Education) awards last year as STEAMhouse was shortlisted for the Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative award. As with all STEAMteam nights out, it was a great evening and, although we didn’t win, it was nice to see the work within STEAM that we’ve started is already getting recognition.
3. STEAMhouse bureau.
2020 has been absolutely crazy. We’ve closed off Phase 1, launched Phase 1.5, hired new team members, experienced the COVID-19 fallout, worked from home, returned to site, been flooded out, found a new space and are about to lunch a bureau service as well as mailable kits for our members. I couldn’t be more proud of the technical team, holding it together in the face of all these challenges. From learning new skills to coming up with genius solutions to the challenges of remote working, making and collaboration in our new reality. The team have worked so hard getting everything ready and there are some really exciting things launching for STEAMhouse members really soon.
Overall, it’s been an incredible three years filled with challenges – or learning opportunities, and I’m so grateful to have been a part of the STEAMhouse family. I’m super excited to be able to watch the STEAMhouse Phase 2 site evolve over the next year, I’ll be able to keep tabs on it from Parkside (part of the City Centre Campus at Birmingham City University) where And I’ll definitely join the team for a big celebration for the launch of Phase 2!