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Virtual Volunteering with the National Galleries of Scotland

Over the course of lockdown in Scotland, we’ve seen a variety of responses to the conditions of the pandemic reflected in our partnership work.  At the National Library of Scotland, staff worked to upload and transcribe the Scottish Chapbook collection to Wikisource.  Student internships adapted and moved online/remote, and Wikimedia UK rolled out online training… read more »

Our 2021 AGM and Community Day

By Katie Crampton, Communications and Governance Coordinator We had a wonderful Annual General Meeting and Community Day on Saturday, and we’d like to thank all of our members, volunteers, trustees, staff and supporters who attended and made the day so special. Thanks to a large number of our members using their votes for our board… read more »

Thank You To Each and Every Amazing Volunteer!

As Small Charity Week draws to a close we send our Thanks and Appreciation to every single Wikimedia UK Volunteer. The previous 12 months has seen all of us challenged like never before. Collectively and individually we have faced new ways of living and changes to how we work and volunteer. As a staff and… read more »

Small Charity Week – celebrating the big impact of small charities

By George Colbourn, Fundraising Development Coordinator at Wikimedia UK This year, Wikimedia UK is taking part in ‘Small Charity Week’, an annual event to celebrate the contributions made by the small charity sector to individuals, communities and causes across the country. From the 14th-19th of June 2021, we will be joining other charities with a revenue of… read more »

Non-Western Art and Artists Heavily Under-Represented on Wikipedia

New research identifies a strong fixation on the Western canon in Wikipedia’s coverage of visual arts, but offers ways towards a more truly global perspective. If you were asked to name artworks or artists, how many would be non-Western? You might visit the free encyclopedia Wikipedia to support your search; after all 1.7 billion visitors… read more »

Spotlight on Wales for International Photography Competition

Upload your photographs during June to be in with a chance of winning country and international prizes. This year Wales is taking part in the international photography competition ‘Wiki Loves Earth’ organised by the Wikimedia movement. Founded 9 years ago as a focus for nature heritage, the competition aims to raise awareness of protected sites… read more »

Human Rights and the role of digital literacy

By George Colbourn, Fundraising Development Coordinator at Wikimedia UK The accelerating use of digital technology means that it now plays a major role in most aspects of our lives. For many of us it is vital to be able to learn, work and communicate in these online environments, making digital literacy a key aspect of… read more »

What does decolonisation mean for Wikipedia?

By Richard Nevell, Project Coordinator at Wikimedia UK Wikipedia is a magnificent tool for sharing knowledge with an enormous reach. Its pages are read 20 billion times every month. But like the world around us, it reflects some long-standing inequalities. At Wikimedia UK one of our strategic priorities is to increase the engagement and representation of… read more »

Welcome to the British Library’s new Wikimedian in Residence

By Lucy Hinnie, Wikimedian in Residence at he British Library, on Twitter at BL_Wikimedian Hello, I’m Dr Lucy Hinnie and I’ve just joined the Digital Scholarship team at the British Library as the new Wikimedian-in-Residence, in conjunction with Wikimedia UK and the Eccles Centre. My role is to work with the Library to develop and support colleagues… read more »

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