Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and Wikimedia UK to jointly appoint Wikimedian in Residence

Postcard of a steam tug called Vigilant coming through the swing bridge in Newcastle.
Postcard of a steam tug called Vigilant coming through the swing bridge in Newcastle.

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, working with Wikimedia UK, have today announced they are to jointly recruit of a Wikimedian in Residence.

This is a ground-breaking partnership between one of the North East’s most important cultural bodies and the charity that promotes and supports Wikipedia, the world’s 5th most popular website.

The Wikimedian in Residence will be working on photographs from TWAM’s Shipbuilding, Maritime Trade and Science & Technology collections, digitising content and helping to improve content on Wikipedia.

Jon Davies, Chief Executive of Wikimedia UK, said: “Wikimedia UK is really pleased to be working together with TWAM. The Wikimedian in Residence will make a valuable contribution to making the museum’s materials accessible to people around the world, for free.”

Carolyn Ball, of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, said: “The Wikimedian in Residence will be working with our shipbuilding, maritime and science and technology collections, which are Designated as being of national and international importance. They will work with TWAM staff and the research community to develop new Wikipedia articles, and improve existing articles, relating to these collections.”

To apply for the position of Wikimedian in Residence please visit www.twmuseums.org.uk/about-us/job-opportunities.html  and to find out more about Wikimedians in Residence please visit this page

The closing date for applications is 12pm on Monday 4 March 2013.

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