British Library English and Drama editathon

Lewis Carroll (photo taken 1855)
Lewis Carroll, one of many authors with unique photographs, papers and publications held in the collections.

Wikimedia UK together with the British Library’s English & Drama department is inviting people to attend a Wikipedia editathon on Saturday 4 June. The aim of the day is to combine the expertise of the public, Wikimedians and the Library’s curators to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of the literary individuals and collections related to the British Library.

Fiction, poetry and drama will all be represented. Subjects highlighted for improvement include the Library’s major collections of Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde material, the poets involved in the Between Two Worlds project, and the archives of Kenneth Tynan, Angela Carter and J.G. Ballard, to name but a few.

The event is open to people with varying degrees of Wikipedia experience. It will be a great opportunity for beginners to learn how to construct entries for the encyclopaedia and to share their subject knowledge with the wider world, while experienced Wikipedians will have the chance to contribute their know-how and expertise. People who want to contribute to other Wikimedia projects, for instance Commons or Wikisource, are also welcome!

During the day there will be unique opportunities to view, up close, interesting items from the English & Drama collections. What’s more, one of the curators responsible for the forthcoming science fiction exhibition, Out of this World, will be on hand to take participants on a tour of the exhibition.

Entry is free, but places are limited – so sign up now at,_British_Library.